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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Mike Scott was the driver of this band, which did nice work with a core band that used a lot of violin, saxophones, trumpets and piano in addition to guitar. Mike Oliver |, al, "Top 7 underrated artists, albums and songs from the My Vinyl Countdown collection," 14 Sep. 2019 The classical quartet set -- viola, cello and two violins -- cost $20,000 and was purchased in spring 2018 through fundraisers and with the help of matching funds from donors. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, "These musical instruments are tough enough for travel in rural Alaska," 12 Sep. 2019 Now his organization helps young people explore creative pursuits like gymnastics, circus arts, fashion design, singing, violin, ballet and hip hop. Aj Willingham, CNN, "A grandma's amazing adventure, a sweet soccer fan and a few thousand acres of sunflowers," 17 Aug. 2019 Prized for its durability, rich color, and fragrant scent, rosewood is a dense tropical hardwood used to make musical instruments, from guitars and marimbas to violins, as well as high-end, furniture, mainly in China. Carlos Duarte, National Geographic, "The fight to protect the world’s most trafficked wild commodity," 16 Aug. 2019 More news Ask Amy: Mom gives away violin, which leads to family drama., "8-year-old boy drowns in Sandy River: Morning Briefing for Wednesday, July 31," 31 July 2019 Those who play a C instrument (the flute, violin, for example), are welcome to join., "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 18 July 2019 But bit by bit, more of the music gets played live in front of you, adding to the vibrancy of Yazbek’s songs (the nine-piece ensemble generates Middle Eastern breezes with combinations of violin, cello, reeds and oud). Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "‘The Band’s Visit’ settles in at the Kennedy Center," 11 July 2019 There’s an accordion, violin, harmonium, Armenian duduk, Iranian Tombak and even a handful of homemade instruments that make up the aural texture. Lila Seidman,, "Complex, engaging Brecht classic opening at Antaeus Theatre," 9 July 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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