Definition of violin in English:


Syllabification: vi·o·lin
Pronunciation: /ˌvīəˈlin


A stringed musical instrument of treble pitch, played with a horsehair bow. The classical European violin was developed in the 16th century. It has four strings and a body of characteristic rounded shape, narrowed at the middle and with two f-shaped sound holes.
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  • Oboes, flutes and violins flutter over acoustic guitar, the foundation of most songs on this CD.
  • The bows of the cellos, violins and double-basses seem to caress your heart strings and not those of their instruments.
  • She nodded, but continued to watch the four women in their smart black dresses playing violins, viola and cello.


late 16th century: from Italian violino, diminutive of viola (see viola1).



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  • Why is the viola player looked upon as the wallflower compared to the violinist or cellist?
  • His later instrumental music explores new formal patterns as well as exploiting the virtuosity of cornettists and violinists.
  • The cellist and violinist have set up, gone away and come back again.


Pronunciation: /-linˈistik/
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  • His tone is not large in the Russian violinistic sense; yet the pure, glistening quality of his playing and his natural, thoughtfully conceived shaping of every note and phrase is the mark of a great artist!
  • There is no trace in their solo sections of the violinistic broken-chord figuration found in the overture.
  • Perhaps this was what Paganini's playing was like - great violinistic artistry!

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