noun vi·o·lo·ne \ˌvēəˈlōnā\

Definition of violone



  1. 1 :  viol

  2. 2 :  a large viol: such as a :  viola da gamba 1 b :  double bass viol c :  double bass

  3. 3 Violone plural Violones :  contre basse 2

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Origin and Etymology of violone

Italian, augmentative of viola viol, viola — more at violin

First Known Use: 1730

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