Definition of viol
: 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
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The intimate Sunday concert at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington would have benefited from a brief introduction to the recorders and viols that played in J.S. Bach’s Cantata No.
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Origin and Etymology of viol
Middle English vial, from Anglo-French viele, viole, from Old Occitan viola
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of viol for English Language Learners
: a musical instrument used in the past that is similar to a violin
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