pardessus de viole


par·​des·​sus de vi·​ole
plural 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

Word History


French, literally, above the viol

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pardessus de viole was in 1889

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“Pardessus de viole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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