Definition of vielle
1 : a bowed stringed instrument of the late Middle Ages: such as a : any of the early viols b : a medieval fiddle with a slightly incurving waist that was played upright or on the shoulder —called also medieval viol
2 : hurdy-gurdy 1
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Origin and Etymology of vielle
French — more at viol
First Known Use: 1768
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