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

Examples of violin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the first grade, Demer received his first violin and soon began playing duets with his father. David Buice, Dallas News, "Meet 3 Dallas Symphony Orchestra musicians sparking change with exceptional music," 5 Mar. 2020 While many office workers can hole up at home in front of their laptops, hair stylists, personal trainers, manicurists or violin teachers aren’t so fortunate. Thomas Mulier,, "Boutique Economy Slammed as Virus Makes Personal Touch Toxic," 29 Apr. 2020 Courtesy Growing up in Minnesota, Harrison played sports—soccer, track and field, gymnastics, and fencing—along with the flute and violin. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Could These Women Be the First to Walk on Mars?," 16 Apr. 2020 The Villalobos Brothers are an energetic violin duo from Mexico who blend music from their native country with classical and jazz musical styles. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "NYC’s Lincoln Center Is Offering Free Online Concerts and Educational Material for Kids," 7 Apr. 2020 But like the Berliners playing violins or singing Die Gedanken Sind Frei from their balconies, the city's artists know their work doesn't need permanence to have an impact. Diana Hubbell, Condé Nast Traveler, "On the Berlin Wall, Street Artists Are Leaving Coronavirus-Inspired Murals," 1 Apr. 2020 Amalia is constantly calling out to the family’s late Tia Carmen (musician Maria Sandoval-Moreno), who stands silhouetted in a second-floor window wearing a death mask and plucking a violin. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "‘American Mariachi’ tells the story of family and friendship through formation of a 1970s all-female band," 26 Mar. 2020 Rudi De Fanti recorded one of his neighbors performing a violin concert on his balcony in Bologna, which was viewed more than 1 million times on Twitter. NBC News, "Italy made its own entertainment on coronavirus lockdown," 11 Mar. 2020 My mother later sent me another two videos, both set to similarly triumphal violin music. Lavender Au, The New York Review of Books, "Evacuation from China, Quarantine in the UK: A Covid-19 Dispatch," 2 Mar. 2020

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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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1 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Violin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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