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

 

viola

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//viˈəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//viˈoʊ//
 
People in the music world, Musical instruments
 
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a musical instrument with strings, that you hold under your chin and play with a bow2. A viola is larger than a violin and plays lower notes. a viola player See related entries: People in the music world, Musical instruments Word Origin early 18th cent.: from Italian and Spanish; compare with viol.
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