Definition of viol noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

viol

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈvaɪəl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvaɪəl//
 
Musical instruments
 
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an early type of musical instrument with strings, shaped like a violin See related entries: Musical instruments Word Origin late 15th cent. (originally denoting a violin-like instrument): from Old French viele, from Provençal viola; probably related to fiddle.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: viol