sound hole

  1. an opening in the soundboard of a musical stringed instrument, as a violin or lute, for increasing the soundboard's capacity for vibration.

Origin of sound hole

First recorded in 1605–15

Words Nearby sound hole Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sound hole in a sentence

  • Each country has its peculiar and native rendering of every sound hole that was first designed in Italy.

    Antonio Stradivari | Horace William Petherick
  • The belly has, besides the usual two sound-holes, an oval sound-hole in the middle, with an ornamental rose.

  • Old-fashioned shape, having several incurvations at the sides, and a sound-hole with a rose in the middle of the belly.

  • How bold is the conception, how delicate the workmanship, what a marvel of perfection the sound-hole!

    The Violin | George Hart
  • Varnish of beautiful quality; sound-hole resembles that of Francesco Ruggeri.

    The Violin | George Hart

British Dictionary definitions for sound hole

sound hole

  1. any of variously shaped apertures in the sounding board of certain stringed instruments, such as the `f' shaped holes of a violin

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