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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 ).]
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(Music, other) a person who plays the viola


(Music, other) a person who plays the viol. Also (archaic): violer
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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)
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[vɪˈəʊlɪst] N (US) → viola mf
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n (US) → Bratschist(in) m(f)
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He is a professional violinist, violist, conductor and singer.
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The two musicians, clarinettist Catherine Thompson and violist for the Opera Aus-tralia Orchestra and principal viola for the Omega Ensemble Neil Thompson, will draw from some of history's great composers while also revealing new, original material in a fresh, inventive light.
After repeated listening, however, I cannot help but feel that with the Hungarian-British unit, the quartet recording is much more convincing than the quintet, for whom they invited violist Lawrence Power following their successful Brahms quintet recordings.
Having won the music and dance reality contest some years back, the young and talented violist has been an advocate for talent-education development among school children as she takes the campaign to various schools across the country.
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Just over a year and three months since the release of his last album, "British Viola," American violist of Korean descent Richard Yongjae O'Neill released his ninth album, "Duo," on Monday, a rare move for a violist as the instrument is not popular in the classical genre.
On the occasion, famous violist Sara Sirhandi played melodious viola tunes which added colour to the festive ambiance of the show.