AskDefine | Define laud

Dictionary Definition

laud v : praise, glorify, or honor; "extol the virtues of one's children"; "glorify one's spouse's cooking" [syn: extol, exalt, glorify, proclaim]

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From lauder from laudare.



  1. Praise or glorification.
  2. A hymn of praise.
  3. (in plural, sometimes Lauds) a prayer service following matins


  1. To praise, to glorify.


to praise, to glorify

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Extensive Definition

Laud (verb) means to give praise to or glorify. Laud (noun) means glorification, praise; a hymn or song of praise.

Other uses

The name laud means "lute". It comes from Andalusi Arabic Al (arabic article) Ud (oud which is the Arabic name for Lute).

Spanish laúd

The laúd is a plectrum plucked chordophone from Spain. It consists of twelve metallic strings (six double), as the bandurria, but the neck is longer than a bandurria. Traditionally it forms part of serenaders or folk string musical groups, together with the guitar and the bandurria.
Like the bandurria, it is tuned in fifths. The tuning is like the bandurria's, but 1 octave lower.
  • 1st: A (la)
  • 2nd: E (mi)
  • 3th: B (si)
  • 4th: F# (fa#)
  • 5th: C# (do#)
  • 6th: G# (sol#)

Cuban laúd

There is also a Cuban laúd. Famously played by Barbarito Torres with the Buena Vista Social Club. It has the same appearance as the Spanish version only the tuning is different. The Cuban tuning is: D, A, E, B, F#, C# (or D).
laud in Italian: Laud

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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