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 festival, directed by violin professor Sibbi Bernhardsson, will concentrate on music but also consider how the concept applies in visual art and poetry. Zachary Lewis,, "Late work gets top billing at Oberlin’s ‘End of Life, End of Time’ festival," 4 Sep. 2019 The festival program is dotted with Enescu: a violin sonata, a piano quintet, Œdipe (his sole opera), etc. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Mozart & Co.," 30 Aug. 2019 Andrew Cooperstock, one half of the piano/violin duo Opus Two, has been a professional piano teacher for over 30 years. Wired, "I Tried to Become a Musician Using Apps and a Light-Up Piano," 26 Aug. 2019 Luckily, Torres survived the encounter without any bites from the spider, which are also known as violin spiders because of their markings. Ashley Boucher,, "Woman Thought She Had Water in Her Ear — Turns Out It Was a Venomous Brown Recluse Spider," 23 Aug. 2019 Owned and operated by Kevin and Justin Perry, Great Southern Music sells, repairs and teaches guitars, drums, pianos and violins. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Retail wrap: Twin Liquors, Smoothie King, Blink Fitness sign new retail deals," 12 July 2019 In Tuesday night’s episode of America’s Got Talent, 11-year-old Tyler Butler-Figueroa confidently walked onstage wearing light-up sneakers and toting a violin. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "Watch This 11-Year-Old North Carolina Boy’s Golden Moment from America’s Got Talent," 12 June 2019 Within a short time, she was promoted from the second violin section to the first. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "'I just want to work': BSO musicians say threatened job cuts could disrupt lives, jeopardize needed healthcare," 5 June 2019 According to Sheryl Staples, principal associate concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, her orchestra is now about half women—and the violin section 90 percent female. Maya Chung, The New York Review of Books, "When Women Take the Baton," 26 Mar. 2019

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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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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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