Definitions for violaˈvaɪ ə lə, vaɪˈoʊ-, vi-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vi•o•laviˈoʊ lə(n.)(pl.)-las.

  1. a four-stringed musical instrument of the violin family, slightly larger than the violin; a tenor or alto violin.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of viola:

1715–25; < It < OPr; see viol


vi•o•laˈvaɪ ə lə, vaɪˈoʊ-, vi-(n.)(pl.)-las.

  1. any plant of the genus Viola, esp. any cultivated variety of violet developed from a pansy.

    Category: Plants

Origin of viola:

1400–50; late ME: violet < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. viola(noun)

    any of the numerous plants of the genus Viola

  2. Viola, genus Viola(noun)

    large genus of flowering herbs of temperate regions

  3. viola(noun)

    a bowed stringed instrument slightly larger than a violin, tuned a fifth lower

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. viola(noun)ˈvaɪ ə lə, vaɪˈoʊ-, vi-

    a string instrument like a large violin

    to play the viola


  1. Viola(ProperNoun)

    , from violet

Webster Dictionary

  1. Viola(noun)

    a genus of polypetalous herbaceous plants, including all kinds of violets

  2. Viola(noun)

    an instrument in form and use resembling the violin, but larger, and a fifth lower in compass


  1. Viola

    Viola is a genus of flowering plants in the violet family Violaceae, with around 400–500 species distributed around the world. Most species are found in the temperate Northern Hemisphere, however some are also found in widely divergent areas such as Hawaii, Australasia, and the Andes. Some Viola species are perennial plants, some are annual plants, and a few are small shrubs. A large number of species, varieties and cultivars are grown in gardens for their ornamental flowers. In horticulture the term "pansy" is normally used for those multi-coloured, large-flowered cultivars which are raised annually or biennially from seed and used extensively in bedding. The terms "viola" and "violet" are normally reserved for small-flowered annuals or perennials, including the species.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Viola

    A plant genus of the family VIOLACEAE. Some species in this genus are called bouncing bet which is a common name more often used with SAPONARIA OFFICINALIS. Members contain macrocyclic peptides.

Anagrams of viola

  1. Ivalo

  2. voila, voilà

Translations for viola

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a type of musical instrument very similar to, but slightly larger than, the violin

She plays the viola in the school orchestra.

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