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.
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late 16th century: from Italian violino, diminutive of viola (see viola1).
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Definition of violin in:
- The US English dictionary