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

Examples of violin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My father played the violin and people would just stop in the room. Tomás Mier,, 13 Aug. 2021 Like his sisters, Pete Docter, of Piedmont, Calif., trained early in classical music — first the violin, then string bass. Mary Lynn Smith, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 Jacobsen, her husband, also played violin on that video. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2021 Gil Shaham’s world premiere of a new work for violin for him by Scott Wheeler. Justin Davidson, Vulture, 2 Sep. 2021 Charli, with her dancing, and Dixie, who studied violin and piano, were naturals at these casual pastiches. New York Times, 28 Aug. 2021 Inspired by gamelan, a traditional Indonesian orchestra, Wayang, for solo violin, features baroque-like motifs and modern effects, including foot stomps, scratchy tremolos and long ghostly slides. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 25 Aug. 2021 High school students performed on cello, viola, violin and piano. Sheryl Devore,, 7 July 2021 Lessons to be observed include piano, drums, violin and guitar., 11 June 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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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


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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