• (America) IPA: /ˌvaɪəˈlɪn/, [ˌvaɪ̯ɪ̈ˈlɪn]
  • (New Zealand) IPA: /ˌvɑeˈlɘn/, /ˌvɑe.ɘˈlɘn/

violin (plural violins)

  1. (musical instrument) A musical four-string instrument, generally played with a bow or by plucking the string, with the pitch set by pressing the strings at the appropriate place with the fingers; also any instrument of the violin family ↗.
    • 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XX, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855 ↗:
      She was looking more like Sherlock Holmes than ever. Slap a dressing-gown on her and give her a violin, and she could have walked straight into Baker Street and no questions asked.
  2. (music) A violinist.
    The first violin often plays the lead melody lines in a string quartet.
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violin (violins, present participle violining; past and past participle violined)

  1. (ambitransitive) To play on, or as if on, a violin.

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