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viol

[ vahy-uhl ]

noun

  1. a bowed musical instrument, differing from the violin in having deeper ribs, sloping shoulders, a greater number of strings, usually six, and frets: common in the 16th and 17th centuries in various sizes from the treble viol to the bass viol.


viol

/ ˈvaɪəl /

noun

  1. any of a family of stringed musical instruments that preceded the violin family, consisting of a fretted fingerboard, a body rather like that of a violin but having a flat back and six strings, played with a curved bow. They are held between the knees when played and have a quiet yet penetrating tone; they were much played, esp in consorts, in the 16th and 17th centuries


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Word History and Origins

Origin of viol1

1475–85; < Middle French viole (akin to Old French viel ( l ) e > earlier English viele ) < Old Provençal viola, derivative of violar to play the viola 1 (perhaps imitative)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of viol1

C15: from Old French viole, from Old Provençal viola; see viola 1

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Example Sentences

So the angels gave the lad white wings like their own, and a great viol like a jongleur's.

The sound of the viol is again heard, and the merry dance is kept up till near morning light.

I doubt if you can play the Dead March on a bass-viol, and I'm morally certain you can't play it and walk with it too.

Pillsbury played the bass viol, and once a week or so he and Penny got together and spent an entranced hour.

Tabret and viol jangle harshly in the ears that have rioted in melodies made by fairy harpers.

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