Definition of vihuela in English:

vihuela

Syllabification: vi·hue·la
Pronunciation: /vēˈ(h)wālə
 
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noun

  • 1A type of early Spanish stringed musical instrument, in particular.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 (vihuela de mano /de ˈmänō/) A type of guitar.
  • 1.2 (vihuela de arco /ˈärkō/) A type of viol.

Origin

mid 19th century: Spanish.

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