Meaning of oud in English:


Pronunciation /uːd/


  • A form of lute or mandolin played principally in Arab countries.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘She uses the oud (a Middle Eastern lute) and the tamboura (an Indian guitar) which speak to her unique personality and creativity.’
    • ‘The blend of contemporary beats with the ageless sound of the oud, vocals and bansuri flute is entirely convincing and unforced.’
    • ‘North American jazz-derived bands have not shown much fascination with ouds, koras, and tablas.’
    • ‘The tuba provides foursquare, marching-band / Dixieland resonance, the oud lends tart, percussive bite, and the bowed cello contributes some highbrow ambience.’
    • ‘The singing was rich and highly emotive, but what really captured me was the hypnotic pulse of the oud, the Arabic lute.’
    • ‘Unusually for him, the music on this CD started not with the oud but with a piano.’
    • ‘Traditional instruments are the oud, a stringed instrument similar to the lute; small drums held in the lap; and the rhita, or reed flute.’
    • ‘Classical Arabic music makes use of the oud, an ancient stringed instrument similar to the lute; small drums held in the lap; and flutes.’
    • ‘Popular stringed instruments include the oud, which is related to the European lute, and the rebaba, which has only one string.’
    • ‘It is played on the oud (an ancestor of the lute) and the rebaba (a one-stringed instrument).’
    • ‘In his hands, the oud is not only a musical instrument, it is an instrument of mass instruction.’
    • ‘His family has been making ouds, a pear-shaped wooden string instrument with five to six double strings, for more than 100 years, a craft started by his late grandfather.’
    • ‘He sat mid-stage with the oud on his lap, going periodically into trances, by turns addressing the audience and, like a traditional conductor, communicating with band members.’
    • ‘I'm playing harmonica, which has nothing to do with either styles of music, but for some reason it fits really nice with the oud.’
    • ‘Playing the oud, he revisits a personal favorite.’
    • ‘The oud, or kabanj, is a popular traditional instrument.’
    • ‘He obligingly played the traditional Arabic instrument, the oud, and sang.’


Mid 18th century from Arabic al-‘ūd.