- the treble instrument of the family of modern bowed instruments, held nearly horizontal by the player’s arm with the lower part supported against the collarbone or shoulder.
- a violinist or part for a violin.
- a bowed stringed instrument, the highest member of the violin family, consisting of a fingerboard, a hollow wooden body with waisted sides, and a sounding board connected to the back by means of a soundpost that also supports the bridge. It has two f-shaped sound holes cut in the belly. The instrument, noted for its fine and flexible tone, is the most important of the stringed instruments. It is held under the chin when played. Range: roughly three and a half octaves upwards from G below middle C
1570s, from Italian violino, diminutive of viola (see viola).