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noun vi·ol \ˈvī(-ə)l, ˈvī-(ˌ)ōl\

Definition of viol

  1. :  a bowed stringed instrument chiefly of the 16th and 17th centuries made in treble, alto, tenor, and bass sizes and distinguished from members of the violin family especially in having a deep body, a flat back, sloping shoulders, usually six strings, a fretted fingerboard, and a low-arched bridge

Origin and Etymology of viol

Middle English vial, from Anglo-French viele, viole, from Old Occitan viola


First Known Use: 15th century


VIOL Defined for English Language Learners

viol

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noun vi·ol \ˈvī(-ə)l, ˈvī-(ˌ)ōl\

Definition of viol for English Language Learners

  • : a musical instrument used in the past that is similar to a violin


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