bowed stringed instrument that is the highest member of the violin family; this instrument has four strings and a hollow body and an unfretted fingerboard and is played with a bow
A musical four-string instrument, generally played with a bow or by plucking the string. Pitch is set by pressing the strings at the appropriate place with the fingers.
The first violin often plays the lead melody lines in a string quartet.
Origin: From violino, diminutive form of viola with diminutive suffix -ino
a small instrument with four strings, played with a bow; a fiddle
Origin: [It. violino, dim. of viola. See Viol.]
The violin is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest, highest-pitched member of the violin family of string instruments, which also includes the viola, cello and doublebass. The violin is sometimes informally called a fiddle, regardless of the type of music played on it. The word violin comes from the Medieval Latin word vitula, meaning stringed instrument; this word is also believed to be the source of the Germanic "fiddle". The violin, while it has ancient origins, acquired most of its modern characteristics in 16th-century Italy, with some further modifications occurring in the 18th and 19th centuries. Violinists and collectors particularly prize the instruments made by the Gasparo da Salò, Giovanni Paolo Maggini, Stradivari, Guarneri and Amati families from the 16th to the 18th century in Brescia and Cremona and by Jacob Stainer in Austria. Great numbers of instruments have come from the hands of "lesser" makers, as well as still greater numbers of mass-produced commercial "trade violins" coming from cottage industries in places such as Saxony, Bohemia, and Mirecourt. Many of these trade instruments were formerly sold by Sears, Roebuck and Co. and other mass merchandisers.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
vī-ō-lin′, n. a musical instrument of four strings placed with a bow: a fiddle: a player on the violin.—ns. Violin′-bow, a bow for sounding the violin; Vī′olinist, a player on the violin. [It. violino—viola.]
The numerical value of violin in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of violin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
There is no competition of sounds between a nightingale and a violin.
The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer.
The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.
Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
Life is like playing the violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
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Translations for violin
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- violíCatalan, Valencian
- Geige, ViolineGerman
- fiól, violinFaroese
- fioeleWestern Frisian
- veidhlín, veidhealIrish
- fidheallScottish Gaelic
- वायलिन, सारंगी, बेलाHindi
- agiaqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- keman, kemançe, viyolînKurdish
- ຊຶງ, ຊຸງLao
- vijole, smuikaLatvian
- хийл хөгжимMongolian
- vedel, vioolDutch
- ਵਾਇਲਿਨPanjabi, Punjabi
- violina, gìaRomansh
- виолина, violinaSerbo-Croatian
- violin, fiolSwedish
- ғиҷҷак, камонча, скрипкаTajik
- vĩ cầmVietnamese
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