- a four-stringed musical instrument of the violin family, slightly larger than the violin; a tenor or alto violin.
- a labial organ stop of eight-foot or four-foot pitch, giving tones of a penetrating stringlike quality.
Origin of viola1
Origin of viola2
- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for viola
For a pair such as Viola and Perov, who have co-created work for decades, there is also precedent for retroactive co-authorship.Why the Art World Ignores Wives
March 17, 2014
Few know that I also learned the viola, but gave it up after a year.How I Write: Jared Diamond
November 20, 2013
No one thought I could play the viola—until Mr K came into my life.No More Coddling!
October 3, 2013
(Viola, Twelfth Night, 3.4.304–305) What these plays all need, in production, is that sensitivity to the sea.The Old Man and the Sea
April 9, 2013
The Iron Lady actress bested frontrunner Viola Davis, who seemed a shoo-in for her turn in The Help.Meryl Streep, ‘The Artist,’ Billy Crystal: Best Moments From 2012 Oscars (VIDEO)
February 27, 2012
Not only the Duke, but both the heroines, Viola and Olivia, love music.The Man Shakespeare
Viola, the Garibaldino, with whom he has lived for some years, calls him the Incorruptible.
But he promised to see old Viola and the other girl that very night.
I've the power to nominate whom I like, and Viola it shall be.
This time she showed him his second grandchild, her little Viola.A Ghetto Violet
- a bowed stringed instrument, the alto of the violin family; held beneath the chin when played. It is pitched and tuned an octave above the cello
- any of various instruments of the viol family, such as the viola da gamba
Word Origin and History for viola
tenor violin, 1797, from Italian viola, from Old Provençal viola, from Medieval Latin vitula "stringed instrument," perhaps from Vitula, Roman goddess of joy (see fiddle), or from related Latin verb vitulari "to exult, be joyful." Viola da gamba "bass viol" (1724) is from Italian, literally "a viola for the leg" (i.e. to hold between the legs).
fem. proper name, from Latin viola "the violet" (see violet).