noun vi·o·lin \ˌvī-ə-ˈlin\

: a musical instrument that has four strings and that you usually hold against your shoulder under your chin and play with a bow

Full Definition of VIOLIN

:  a bowed stringed instrument having four strings tuned at intervals of a fifth and a usual range from G below middle C upward for more than 412 octaves and having a shallow body, shoulders at right angles to the neck, a fingerboard without frets, and a curved bridge
vi·o·lin·ist \-ist\ noun
vi·o·lin·ist·ic \-ə-lə-ˈnis-tik\ adjective

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Origin of VIOLIN

Italian violino, diminutive of viola
First Known Use: circa 1576
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noun vi·o·lin \ˌvī-ə-ˈlin\

Definition of VIOLIN for Kids

:  a stringed musical instrument with four strings that is usually held against the shoulder under the chin and played with a bow


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