Definition of flute in English:

flute

Pronunciation /flo͞ot/ /flut/

noun

  • 1A wind instrument made from a tube with holes along it that are stopped by the fingers or keys, held vertically or horizontally so that the player's breath strikes a narrow edge. The modern orchestral form, typically made of metal, is held horizontally and has an elaborate set of keys.

    • ‘Reading the literature, one can hear fiddles, wood flutes, bagpipes, guitar, mandolins and bodhráns.’
    • ‘The traditional instruments are bagpipes, reed flutes, drums, and wind instruments.’
    • ‘Drums and the flute were the musical instruments of the Indians before the Spanish conquest.’
    • ‘Ancient instruments used for court music include zithers, flutes, reed instruments, and percussion.’
    • ‘Some merchants have cassettes and CDs for sale, and more than a few offer handcrafted instruments, usually flutes made from wood or clay, but also more elaborate stringed instruments.’
    • ‘Dances for these occasions were performed while wearing ankle bells and were accompanied by traditional instruments such as flutes, horns, and drums.’
    • ‘Using a variety of home-made instruments including bamboo flutes, the pupils performed a musical piece in the Minister's honour, based on sounds of the rainforest.’
    • ‘The satyr's hands are raised as if to play a flute, yet the instrument itself is not represented.’
    • ‘A wooden flute trills what sounds like an Eastern melody.’
    • ‘Over the next hour she will transport the children with Highland stories about seal folk and bad fairies and music from her collection of wooden and bamboo flutes.’
    • ‘Wooden flutes lay on top of an old-fashioned writing desk, and a lute leaned against a far wall.’
    • ‘Richard started playing music with his peers in high school and produced his first handmade flute at 17 which started him on his exploration into the wholeness of sound.’
    • ‘The traditional Japanese flute weaved its soulful melody.’
    • ‘He is a multiple award-winning composer who has written numerous compositions for flute and other orchestra instruments.’
    • ‘Two thirds of the children had some musical experience and those with orchestral skills played violins, clarinets, cellos, flutes and saxophones.’
    • ‘Music students ranging in ages from four to 18 took part in the protest and carried with them their instruments ranging from violins, cellos and clarinets to flutes and guitars.’
    • ‘It is foolish to try and figure out which is the most important instrument in an orchestra - the violin, the flute or the clarinet.’
    • ‘We had people trying saxophone, cello, flutes, recorders, piano and all sorts.’
    • ‘I can play an instrument, the flute, but if I could choose again it would have to be a piano, and I swear I'm going to learn the Ukelele by the time I go to Blackpool next year!’
    • ‘Trained listeners can not only distinguish between the different families of instruments but even recognize individual violins, flutes, clarinets, etc.’
    whistle, penny whistle, flute, recorder, fife
    1. 1.1An organ stop with wooden or metal flue pipes producing a similar tone.
      • ‘In Petrusberg, South Africa, churchgoers voted not to get rid of a friend - a cobra who lived in the ceiling, always came out to listen when the organist played the organ's flute stops, fled back to its hole when the preaching started.’
      • ‘After intermission, the musicians began gently with pieces featuring the organ's flute stops and a quartet of recorders.’
      • ‘A colorful Swell Oboe and Vox Humana provide the organ with attractive solo voices; the latter adds a mystical contribution to the strings and flutes of the organ.’
  • 2Architecture
    An ornamental vertical groove in a column.

    • ‘It was yellowish-brown, and it collected in the flutes of the column.’
    • ‘A more elaborate Doric capital of white marble, with flutes on the necking, is stored west of the building, to the west of the marble throne in room A.’
    • ‘This capital cannot be associated with the plain marble drum because of its size and the flutes on the necking.’
    • ‘The semielliptical fanlight over the entrance door is framed by a wooden arch neatly carved with flutes and stylized flowers.’
    • ‘The inscriber removed two of the column's flutes, so that five hexameters of verse could be carved upon the marble.’
    1. 2.1A trumpet-shaped frill on a dress or other garment.
      • ‘The skirt has seven gores, the seams being concealed by rolling flutes which result from plaits underfolded below the hips.’
      • ‘Whether it's flute hem, a-lines, or high-waisted pencils, we have the skirt for you.’
      • ‘On this page look out for the dropped waist bodice, above knee skirt lengths that begin to hesitate and gain illusory length with the addition of flutes and frills.’
      • ‘Flute skirts emphasise the waist.’
      • ‘I am absolutely the modern day version of a dame with flute skirts and heels.’
      ruffle, flounce, ruff, furbelow, jabot, peplum, flute, ruche, ruching, gather, tuck, fringe
    2. 2.2A cylindrical groove, as on pastry.
      • ‘In addition, they show well-marked bottom-structures, which have not been described from modern deposits, such as groove and flute casts on their undersides.’
      • ‘Perez-Estaun described typical turbiditic sedimentary structures such as groove and flute casts and prod marks, as well as trace fossils in the pelites.’
      • ‘Finish the edges as you like - I like to do flutes, but I warn you that high, dramatic flutes as pictured will droop in the oven, because lard crusts just are too soft for big flutes like that.’
      • ‘Press the pastry into flutes again with the fingers.’
      • ‘If your fingertips can take heat, the flutes may be reshaped after about 3 minutes of baking.’
  • 3A tall, narrow wine glass.

    ‘a flute of champagne’
    • ‘Everything from plastic cups, empty beer bottles, used disposable coffee cups, to wine glasses and champagne flutes can be found at the exhibit.’
    • ‘The champagne flute is tall and narrow to slow the loss of the CO2 bubbles, to keep it from going ‘flat’ for as long as possible.’
    • ‘Guests have been asked for eight sherry glasses, eight champagne flutes, eight whisky tumblers, eight brandy goblets and two decanters.’
    • ‘Newlyweds can pick either a starter set of Wedgewood china or a crystal set of eight wine goblets and champagne flutes from Waterford, with a retail value of $440.’
    • ‘Champagne is best served in a tall flute or tulip glasses.’
    • ‘What normally happens is they fall to the floor by accident with their champagne flutes in their hands and remain down there, flopping around, chatting and laughing hysterically for quite a bit of time.’
    • ‘Bubbly was had with lunch in plastic champagne flutes.’
    • ‘Amid the hairspray bottles and eye-shadow palettes littering the tables lay overturned plastic champagne flutes.’
    • ‘I began to take photographs of the food on the table, the champagne flutes towering behind the chocolate truffles that I was already dying to eat.’
    • ‘Serve the champagne, preferably in flutes, filling each glass no more than halfway to allow the wine to breathe.’
    • ‘We are soon surrounded by towels and vases and champagne flutes and all sorts of other gifts.’
    • ‘Not today, but sometime shortly, I will drink a flute of champagne to you Charlie and express the wish that you will be around for many more years to celebrate many more birthdays.’
    • ‘Inside, waiters were seen serving guests with flutes of champagne, while deliveries of sushi and presents were taken through the main entrance.’
    • ‘Now everyone's in a movie, or a TV show, drinking champagne out of long flutes on a Friday night.’
    • ‘I picked up the champagne flutes, appreciating the finely cut crystal stems - they were so elegant.’
    • ‘His crystal champagne flute was smashed into several million pieces.’
    • ‘If you don't own cocktail glasses, champagne flutes are a good substitute.’
    • ‘The cupboards containing the champagne, bucket, and flutes have also been highlighted.’
    • ‘Sparkling wines should be served in thick glasses with straight sides or flutes so that the fizz is preserved.’
    • ‘Her hand gently motions for David's still full flute.’

verb

  • 1no object Speak in a melodious way.

    ‘‘What do you do?’ she fluted’
    1. 1.1literary Play a flute or pipe.
      play on a pipe
  • 2with object Make flutes or grooves in.

    ‘the wood has been fluted to resemble Greek columns’
    grooved, channelled, furrowed, ribbed, corrugated, ridged

Origin

Middle English from Old French flahute, probably from Provençal flaüt, perhaps a blend of flaujol ‘flageolet’ + laüt ‘lute’.

Pronunciation

flute

/flo͞ot/ /flut/