pardessus de viole

noun par·des·sus de vi·ole \¦pärdə¦südəvēˈōl\

Definition of pardessus de viole


pardessus de viole

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of pardessus de viole

French, literally, above the viol

First Known Use: 1889

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