Contre Viole

noun (1)
Con·​tre Viole | \ kōⁿ‧trəvyȯl, ˈkän‧trəvēˌȯl\

Definition of Contre Viole

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: a mild organ stop of usually 16′ pitch with a string tone

pardessus de viole

noun (2)
par·​des·​sus de vi·​ole | \ ¦pärdə¦südəvēˈōl\
plural pardessus de viole

Definition of pardessus de viole (Entry 2 of 4)

: a five- or six-stringed viol that is approximately the size of a violin and that is tuned an octave higher than the tenor viol

called also descant viol, quinton

Viole d'Orchestre

noun (3)
Vi·​ole d'Orchestre | \ vēˈōldȯ(r)ˈkestr(ᵊ), -t(rə)\
plural Violes d'Orchestre

Definition of Viole d'Orchestre (Entry 3 of 4)

: an organ flue stop of string tone and incisive quality

Viole Sordine

noun (4)
Vi·​ole Sor·​dine | \ vēˈōlsȯrˈdēn\

Definition of Viole Sordine (Entry 4 of 4)

: a soft-toned organ stop consisting of small conical pipes that imitates a muted viol

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First Known Use of Contre Viole

Noun (2)

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Contre Viole

Noun (1)

French contre-viole, literally, counter viol

Noun (2)

French, literally, above the viol

Noun (3)

French, orchestra viol

Noun (4)

probably modification of French viole sourdine muted viol

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