viola d'amore

noun
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) , -​(ˌ)ā \

Definition of viola d'amore

: a tenor viol having usually seven gut and seven wire strings

First Known Use of viola d'amore

circa 1700, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for viola d'amore

Italian, viol of love

Learn More About viola d'amore

Time Traveler for viola d'amore

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near viola d'amore

viola clef

viola d'amore

viola da braccio

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for viola d'amore

Cite this Entry

“Viola d'amore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/viola%20d%27amore. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on viola d'amore

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about viola d'amore

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!