violin

noun vi·o·lin \ ˌvī-ə-ˈlin \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

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

violinist

play \ˌvī-ə-ˈli-nist\ noun

violinistic

play \ˌvī-ə-lə-ˈni-stik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of violin

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


VIOLIN Defined for English Language Learners

violin

noun

Definition of violin for English Language Learners

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


VIOLIN Defined for Kids

violin

noun vi·o·lin \ ˌvī-ə-ˈlin \

Definition of violin for Students

: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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