What does violin mean?

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ˌvaɪ əˈlɪnvi·o·lin

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. violin, fiddle(noun)

    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


  1. violin(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From violino, diminutive form of viola with diminutive suffix -ino

  2. violin(Noun)

    A violinist

    The first violin often plays the lead melody lines in a string quartet.

    Etymology: From violino, diminutive form of viola with diminutive suffix -ino

Webster Dictionary

  1. Violin(noun)

    a small instrument with four strings, played with a bow; a fiddle

    Etymology: [It. violino, dim. of viola. See Viol.]


  1. Violin

    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

  1. Violin

    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. violinoviola.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of violin in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of violin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of violin in a Sentence

  1. S. J. Perelman:

    Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin .. it's the triumphant twang of a bedspring.

  2. Edward Lear:

    I was much distressed by next door people who had twin babies and played the violin; but one of the twins died, and the other has eaten the fiddle - so all is peace.

  3. Dejan Stojanovic:

    There is no competition of sounds between a nightingale and a violin.

  4. Marco Rubio:

    I don't think it's a real request, i think he did it to get you guys. I think he did it to provoke you to ask me and others and get outraged by it. He plays it like a violin and everyone falls into it. That's not a real request.

  5. David Anderson:

    Unlike learning a sport or violin, you don't get a social media instructor when your kid turns a certain age, there are no lessons, and the internet is infinitely more complex. A good approach is to be clear with your child that you'll share the responsibility.

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