Definition of oud in English:

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Pronunciation: /uːd/


A form of lute or mandolin played principally in Arab countries.
Example sentences
  • Great cheer can be produced by an oud, harp, psaltery and frame drum.
  • Not only does it contain traditional ‘maqam’ song styles, but it is also performed using the definitive Arab instrument, the oud, which is a fretless lute with between five to seven pairs of strings.
  • Using Spanish guitars, tribal flutes, zylls, ouds, sitars, tamboras, and other eclectic instruments, they explored different sounds, sometimes at odds, sometimes in harmony, but always inventive.


Mid 18th century: from Arabic al-‘ūd.

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