What does flute mean?

Definitions for flute

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word flute.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. flute, transverse flute(noun)

    a high-pitched woodwind instrument; a slender tube closed at one end with finger holes on one end and an opening near the closed end across which the breath is blown

  2. flute, flute glass, champagne flute(noun)

    a tall narrow wineglass

  3. flute, fluting(verb)

    a groove or furrow in cloth etc (particularly a shallow concave groove on the shaft of a column)

  4. flute(verb)

    form flutes in


  1. flute(Noun)

    A woodwind instrument consisting of a metal, wood or bamboo tube with a row of circular holes and played by blowing across a hole in the side of one end or through a narrow channel at one end against a sharp edge, while covering none, some or all of the holes with the fingers to vary the note played.

  2. flute(Noun)

    A glass with a long, narrow bowl and a long stem, used for drinking wine, especially champagne.

  3. flute(Noun)

    A helical groove going up a drill bit which allows the drilled out material to come up out of the hole as it's drilled.

  4. flute(Noun)

    A semicylindrical vertical groove in a pillar, or a similar groove in a rifle barrel used to cut down the weight.

  5. flute(Verb)

    To play on a flute.

  6. flute(Verb)

    To make a flutelike sound.

  7. flute(Verb)

    To utter with a flutelike sound.

  8. flute(Verb)

    To form flutes or channels in (as in a column, a ruffle, etc.); to cut a semicylindrical vertical groove in (as in a pillar, etc.).

  9. Origin: From fleüte

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flute(verb)

    a musical wind instrument, consisting of a hollow cylinder or pipe, with holes along its length, stopped by the fingers or by keys which are opened by the fingers. The modern flute is closed at the upper end, and blown with the mouth at a lateral hole

  2. Flute(verb)

    a channel of curved section; -- usually applied to one of a vertical series of such channels used to decorate columns and pilasters in classical architecture. See Illust. under Base, n

  3. Flute(noun)

    a similar channel or groove made in wood or other material, esp. in plaited cloth, as in a lady's ruffle

  4. Flute(noun)

    a long French breakfast roll

  5. Flute(noun)

    a stop in an organ, having a flutelike sound

  6. Flute(noun)

    a kind of flyboat; a storeship

  7. Flute(verb)

    to play on, or as on, a flute; to make a flutelike sound

  8. Flute(verb)

    to play, whistle, or sing with a clear, soft note, like that of a flute

  9. Flute(verb)

    to form flutes or channels in, as in a column, a ruffle, etc

  10. Origin: [OE. flouten, floiten, OF. flater, fleter, flouster, F. flter, cf. D. fluiten; ascribed to an assumed LL. flautare, flatuare, fr. L. flatus a blowing, fr. flare to blow. Cf. Flout, Flageolet, Flatulent.]


  1. Flute

    The flute is a musical instrument of the woodwind family. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening. According to the instrument classification of Hornbostel–Sachs, flutes are categorized as edge-blown aerophones. A musician who plays the flute can be referred to as a flute player, a flautist, a flutist, or, less commonly, a fluter. The term flutenist, found in English up to the 18th century, is no longer used. Aside from the voice, flutes are the earliest known musical instruments. A number of flutes dating to about 43,000 to 35,000 years ago have been found in the Swabian Alb region of Germany. These flutes demonstrate that a developed musical tradition existed from the earliest period of modern human presence in Europe.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flute

    flōōt, n. a musical pipe with finger-holes and keys sounded by blowing: in organ-building, a stop with stopped wooden pipes, having a flute-like tone: one of a series of curved furrows, as on a pillar, called also Fluting: a tall and narrow wine-glass: a shuttle in tapestry-weaving, &c.—v.i. to play the flute.—v.t. to play or sing in soft flute-like tones: to form flutes or grooves in.—adj. Flut′ed, ornamented with flutes, channels, or grooves.—ns. Flut′er; Fluti′na (tē′-), a kind of accordion; Flut′ing-machine′, a machine for corrugating sheet-metal, also a wood-turning machine for forming twisted, spiral, and fluted balusters; Flut′ist.—adj. Flut′y, in tone like a flute. [O. Fr. fleüte; ety. dub.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. flute

    A pink-rigged fly-boat, the after-part of which is round-ribbed. Also, vessels only partly armed; as armed en flute.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. flute

    A wind instrument which is sometimes used in military bands, but never in service.

Editors Contribution

  1. flute

    A type of woodwind instrument created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles, used to create music and sound

    There are a wide variety of flute and flute players that are blessed to have the ability and skills to play the flute and to bring such joy to the lives of others whilst doing so.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on February 12, 2016  

How to pronounce flute?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say flute in sign language?

  1. flute


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flute in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of flute in a Sentence

  1. Amit Ray:

    On hearing the subtle unstruck sounds of Om, the mind goes to the state of perfect stillness and the bliss of infinity arises. The chakras and nadis create divine melodies like a heavenly flute.

Images & Illustrations of flute

  1. flutefluteflutefluteflute

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for flute

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for flute »


Find a translation for the flute definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • Chinese - Simplified 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • Chinese - Traditional 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Spanish Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • Japanese 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Portuguese Português (Portuguese)
  • German Deutsch (German)
  • Arabic العربية (Arabic)
  • French Français (French)
  • Russian Русский (Russian)
  • Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • Korean 한국어 (Korean)
  • Hebrew עברית (Hebrew)
  • Ukrainian Український (Ukrainian)
  • Urdu اردو (Urdu)
  • Hungarian Magyar (Hungarian)
  • Hindi मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesian Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italian Italiano (Italian)
  • Tamil தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Turkish Türkçe (Turkish)
  • Telugu తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • Thai ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Vietnamese Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Czech Čeština (Czech)
  • Polish Polski (Polish)
  • Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Romanian Românește (Romanian)
  • Dutch Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Greek Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latin Latinum (Latin)
  • Swedish Svenska (Swedish)
  • Danish Dansk (Danish)
  • Finnish Suomi (Finnish)
  • Persian فارسی (Persian)
  • Yiddish ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • Armenian հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norwegian Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English English (English)

Discuss these flute definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"flute." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2019. Web. 16 Oct. 2019. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/flute>.

Are we missing a good definition for flute? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for flute:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.