viola da gamba

[ vee-oh-luh duh gahm-buh, -gam- ]
/ viˈoʊ lə də ˈgɑm bə, -ˈgæm- /

noun, plural viola da gambas.

an old musical instrument of the viol family, held on or between the knees: superseded by the modern violoncello; bass viol.
an organ stop of eight-foot pitch giving a stringlike tone.

Origin of viola da gamba

1590–1600; < Italian: literally, viol for the leg Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for viola da gamba

  • John Nicolaus Bach (No. 9) was a town musician and good performer on the viola-da-gamba.

    Bach|Charles Francis Abdy Williams

British Dictionary definitions for viola da gamba

viola da gamba

/ (vɪˈəʊlə də ˈɡæmbə) /


the second largest and lowest member of the viol familySee viol

Word Origin for viola da gamba

C18: from Italian, literally: viol for the leg
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