viola d'amore


vi·​o·​la d'a·​mo·​re vē-ˌō-lə-də-ˈmȯr-ē How to pronounce viola d'amore (audio) -(ˌ)ā How to pronounce viola d'amore (audio)
plural violas d'amore or viole d'amore vē-ˌō-(ˌ)lā-də-ˈmȯr-ē How to pronounce viola d'amore (audio)
: a tenor viol having usually seven gut and seven wire strings

Word History


Italian, viol of love

First Known Use

circa 1700, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of viola d'amore was circa 1700

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“Viola d'amore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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