Definitions

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  • n. A stringed musical instrument rather like a large lute

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large theorbo, or double-necked lute, formerly in use, having the bass strings doubled with an octave, and the higher strings with a unison.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large bass lute, double-necked like the theorbo and chitarrone, and differing from them in the arrangement of the longer strings. Also written archilute.

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Examples

  • Pandolfo and Thomas Boysen, on theorbo or archlute and baroque guitar, approached each piece with improvisatorial freedom.

    PERFORMING ARTS

  • He also plays the long-necked archlute beautifully.

    DesignerBlog

  • Sting accompanies himself on an archlute, also called a theorbo, and is joined on some numbers by lutenist Edin Karamazov.

    DesignerBlog

  • Sting plays the archlute himself (a larger, double-strung lute) and reads excerpts from a Dowland letter.

    Songs From The Labyrinth

  • There can be no argument, however, with master lutenist Edin Karamazov's work on the archlute -- even when joined in duet by his apprentice Sting - in the instrumental numbers.

    Songs From The Labyrinth

  • With only the cleanly picked lute and archlute of Edin Karamazov for accompaniment on the set, Sting employs modern tools with a light touch, layering vocals into a four-part harmony alongside the plucky line of 'Fine knacks for ladies'.

    Songs From The Labyrinth

  • The violin and the other members of its family had taken their places somewhat as we now have them, but the number of basses and tenors was much less than at present, their place being filled by the archlute and the harpsichord.

    A Popular History of the Art of Music From the Earliest Times Until the Present

  • Even the famous archlute, which was still a living thing in the time of Handel, has now disappeared from the concert room and joined Mr. Pepys's 'Arched

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Complete

  • Even the famous archlute, which was still a living thing in the time of Handel, has now disappeared from the concert room and joined Mr. Pepys's 'Arched Viall' in the limbo of things forgotten ....

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Oct/Nov 1664

  • A week ago Saturday Dan and I went to San Francisco to hear Gonzalo Ruiz on baroque oboe, along with Hanneke van Proosdij on harpsichord, William Skeen playing viola da gamba and David Tayler playing archlute.

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  • A lute with two pegboxes, one for the stopped strings and the other for the bass strings, which run outside the fingerboard.

    March 20, 2008