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vi·o·la 1

1. A stringed instrument of the violin family, slightly larger than a violin, tuned a fifth lower, and having a deeper, more sonorous tone.
2. An organ stop usually of eight-foot or four-foot pitch yielding stringlike tones.

[Italian, from Old Italian, from Old Provençal, a kind of early viol, ultimately of imitative origin (probably back formation from violar, to play the viol, from *viu, sound imitative of a hurdy-gurdy or viol).]

vi·o′list n.

vi·o·la 2

 (vī-ō′lə, vē-, vī′ə-lə)
Any of various plants of the genus Viola, which includes the violets and pansies, especially certain ornamental varieties that are usually more compact than pansies and have smaller flowers without a blotch on the petals.

[Middle English, from Latin; akin to Greek ion (both Greek and Latin from a common unknown Mediterranean source ).]


(Music, other) a person who plays the viola


(Music, other) a person who plays the viol. Also (archaic): violer
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.violist - a musician who plays the violaviolist - a musician who plays the viola  
instrumentalist, musician, player - someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)


[vɪˈəʊlɪst] N (US) → viola mf


n (US) → Bratschist(in) m(f)
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