pardessus de viole

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

Definition of pardessus de viole

: 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

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First Known Use of pardessus de viole

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pardessus de viole

French, literally, above the viol

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“Pardessus de viole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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