A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

LUTE

Sun, 11 Feb '24
Bard's instrument
Mon, 22 May '23
Stringed instrument with a pear-shaped body
Tue, 18 Apr '23
Renaissance instrument
Sat, 25 Feb '23
Instrument originally played with a quill
Sun, 31 Jul '22
Pear-shaped instrument
Sat, 26 Jun '21
Serenade need, perhaps