from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A musical instrument of northern Africa and southwest Asia resembling a lute.

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  • n. An Arabic and Turkish plucked string instrument resembling a lute.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See ud.


Arabic 'ūd, wood, stem, lute, oud.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic عود (ʿūd). (Wiktionary)


  • In the second century B.C. a little circle appeared in Greek astronomical texts as a place holder, most probably an abbreviation of the Greek word oudén (“not one,” “nothing”).


  • The oud is a stringed Arab instrument that, after it was brought to Andalusian Spain in the eighth century, spawned the European lute, guitar and mandolin.

    He Plays Arab Music, Makes and Fixes Ouds

  • And the oud was a ticket into the school, he says.

    Amid war's chaos, the fine art of oud making continues

  • The Jansenists survive as a rapidly diminishing schismatic sect in Holland: they are known as oud-Roomsch or Old Roman Catholics and numbered less than 8,000 at the end of the last 19th century.

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  • Also know as oud bruin, the variety is marked by a distinct, piquant tartness that is produced by lactobacillus, an aggressive bacterium that infects the ale during fermentation.

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  • Iraqi composer Naseer Shamma is such a master of the traditional Arab stringed instrument called the oud that he has taught himself to play one-handed.

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  • CAIRO - Iraqi composer Naseer Shamma is such a master of the traditional Arab stringed instrument called the oud that he has taught himself to play one-handed.

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  • I even made sure it was possible that the Irish bard could have had a lute and a plausible explanation as to how he came by it thorough his teacher, an Andalusian who had adopted the North African "oud" which became the l'oud then lute.

    An Involuntary King, by Nan Hawthorne. Book review and Book Giveaway

  • Ho men oun ex heautou pistos, te kuriake graphe te kai phone axiopistos eikotos an dia tou Kuriou pros ten ton anthropon euergesian energoumene; amelei pros ten ton pragmaton heuresin, aute chrometha kriterio; to krinomenon de pan, eti apiston prin krithenai; host 'oud' arche to kriseos demenon;:


  • The scintillating perfume features the rare Arabian 'oud' (botanical resin, coveted for its exquisite and lasting aroma).


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  • “‘If the World’ opens with acoustic guitar lines suggesting a Middle Eastern oud but segues into wah-wah rhythm guitar and sustained strings fit for a blaxploitation soundtrack, while Mr. Rose unleashes something like a soul falsetto.�?

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  • I miss, how I miss my mother's ancient clock, family photos framed on the wall
    I miss my oud
    For all its silent, severed strings

    Time's out and I'm home alone
    The curfew hurts
    It hurts me, no it kills me, the killing of children near my home

    I'm afraid of tomorrow...

    - Fadwa Touqan, 'Longing Inspired by the Law of Gravity', translated from the Arabic by Chris Millis and Tania Tamari Nasir.

    November 10, 2008

  • "The wooden body of the larger instrument may have given it its name: in Arabic, al-oud means 'from wood.' The oud would undergo a long development, emerging in the third century A.D. as a stable family of Arabic stringed instruments. Today the oud is known as ut or ud in Turkey, laouta in Greece, and udi in parts of Africa. The instrument spread across North Africa with the Muslims and appeared in Europe with the Moorish invasion of Spain in 711. There the al-oud became the lute."
    —Glenn Kurtz, Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music (New York: Vintage Books, 2007), 106

    November 3, 2008

  • Not to be confused with oude.

    July 17, 2007