violin

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noun vi·o·lin \ˌvī-ə-ˈlin\

Definition of violin

  1. :  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 412 octaves and having a shallow body, shoulders at right angles to the neck, a fingerboard without frets, and a curved bridge

violinist

play \-ist\ noun

violinistic

play \-ə-lə-ˈnis-tik\ adjective

Illustration of violin

Origin and Etymology of violin

Italian violino, diminutive of viola


First Known Use: circa 1576


VIOLIN Defined for English Language Learners

violin

play
noun vi·o·lin \ˌvī-ə-ˈlin\

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

play
noun vi·o·lin \ˌvī-ə-ˈlin\

Definition of violin for Students

  1. :  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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