Definition of vihuela in English:

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Pronunciation: /vɪˈ(h)weɪlə/


A type of early Spanish stringed musical instrument, in particular vihuela de mano deɪ ˈmanəʊ a type of guitar and vihuela de arco deɪ ˈɑːkəʊ a type of viol.
Example sentences
  • The five-course guitar supplanted the aristocratic vihuela in the 17th century and came to be regarded as the typical Spanish instrument.
  • Juan Carlos Rivera and his vihuela are shown to advantage in an extract from the Mass ‘Quam pulchri sunt’.
  • As the 16-member ensemble launches into a particularly romantic song, local high school mariachi teacher John Contreras rocks rhythmically nearby, a small vihuela (an instrument similar to a guitar) at his side.


Mid 19th century: Spanish.

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