violin

noun
vi·​o·​lin | \ ˌvī-ə-ˈlin How to pronounce violin (audio) \

Definition of violin

: a bowed stringed instrument having four strings tuned at intervals of a fifth and a usual range from G below middle C upward for more than 4¹/₂ octaves and having a shallow body, shoulders at right angles to the neck, a fingerboard without frets, and a curved bridge

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violin: 1 bridge, 2 sound hole, 3 soundboard, 4 fingerboard, 5 pegs, 6 scroll, 7 tailpiece, g G-string, d D-string, a A-string, e E-string

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Other Words from violin

violinist \ ˌvī-​ə-​ˈli-​nist How to pronounce violinist (audio) \ noun
violinistic \ ˌvī-​ə-​lə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce violinistic (audio) \ adjective

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The 18-member string orchestra with its sections of violin, viola, cello and string bass were joined by Jiayi He, a master of the harmonica. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Harmonica And Strings Make For Unforgettable Concert," 21 June 2018 Antonio Stradivari is widely considered the greatest violin maker of all time, and his instruments sell for as much as $16 million. Dean Peterson, Vox, "Why Stradivarius violins are worth millions," 15 May 2018 Most would agree that the sound of a beginner playing the violin isn’t for the fainthearted, and that’s putting it nicely. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "The ‘Stick-Slip’ Beauty of Bow and String," 30 Jan. 2019 Scored for piano, violin, cello, clarinet, and flute/piccolo, the work’s first movement lurked. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Network for New Music's Linda Reichert feted with new works," 30 Apr. 2018 At Vivaldi, the most popular instruments for elementary school beginners is guitar, piano, violin and cello. Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle, "Give music lessons a whirl," 28 Mar. 2018 Several programs at various venues include guitar music, bandoneon, tango, violin and piano, visual art and premiere short documentary series celebrating city’s renaissance. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Feb. 23-25," 19 Feb. 2018 This might be my last opportunity to play the violin in such a great orchestra. Cristina Bolling, charlotteobserver, "They never expected his gift. Now they must help him make the biggest choice of his young life. | Charlotte Observer," 22 Mar. 2018 But at the time, her parents reportedly didn't have the money to pay for violin lessons for their talented daughter. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Trio Guest Lindsey Stirling Was Once Blasted on 'America's Got Talent'," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of violin

circa 1576, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for violin

borrowed from Italian violino, from viola "viola, viol" + -ino, diminutive suffix, going back to Latin -īnus -ine entry 1

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The first known use of violin was circa 1576

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violin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of violin

: a musical instrument that has four strings and that you usually hold against your shoulder under your chin and play with a bow

violin

noun
vi·​o·​lin | \ ˌvī-ə-ˈlin How to pronounce violin (audio) \

Kids Definition of violin

: a stringed musical instrument with four strings that is usually held against the shoulder under the chin and played with a bow

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