Etymology
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violin (n.)

1570s, from Italian violino, diminutive of viola (see viola). The modern form of the smaller, medieval viola da braccio.

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Definitions of violin

violin (n.)
bowed stringed instrument that is the highest member of the violin family; this instrument has four strings and a hollow body and an unfretted fingerboard and is played with a bow;
Synonyms: fiddle
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