Stradivarius or Stradivari?


Antonio StradivariWhat is the correct term: Stradivari or Stradivarius?

Both are used regularly and they actually mean exactly the same. The famous maker's name was Antonio Stradivari, but it was customary at the time to latinise names, hence Stradivarius. He used Stradivarius on his violin labels and therefore it has become almost customary to refer to a violin made by Stradivari as a Stradivarius. In fact it has almost become a superlative expressing the absolute best, i.e. to be the "Stradivarius" of any field means to be the best there is.

The same applies to the Amati family, i.e. an Amatus violin, or the Guarneri -- Guarnerius.

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