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violin Line breaks: vio¦lin
Pronunciation: /vʌɪəˈlɪn/

Definition of violin in English:


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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 soundholes.
Example sentences
  • 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).



Example sentences
  • 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.

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