Adjective "violin" definition and examples

(Violin may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A stringed musical instrument of treble pitch, played with a horsehair bow. The classical European violin was developed in the 16th century. It has four strings and a body of characteristic rounded shape, narrowed at the middle and with two f-shaped soundholes.
  1. 'These are songs built around a yearning violin, a plucky banjo riff or an accordion sigh.'
  2. 'Mark Kelly's guitar added soul to the group as he bashed out a harmonious antidote to the high pitch of the violins.'
  3. 'For three minutes, violins slowly weep, guitars are slowly strummed, and falsetto harmonies are echoed into oblivion.'
  4. 'The violins, viola and cello were played with great vigour, intensity and lyrical beauty.'
  5. 'Heavy, overbearing guitars clash with feeble pianos, annoying violins, and misplaced horns.'
  6. 'They hope to take partygoers into the night with a medley of violins, violas, cellos and trumpets.'
  7. 'Some of the prisoners did find time to make musical instruments such as violins from the dismantled hulls of sunken boats and hard wood salvaged from collapsed buildings.'
  8. 'The violins send you to a spooky gothic period and the guitar adds substance to the track.'
  9. 'She sang as a child, took classical voice lessons and played both the piano and the violin.'
  10. 'She nodded, but continued to watch the four women in their smart black dresses playing violins, viola and cello.'

More definitions

1. 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.

2. a violinist or part for a violin.

More examples(as adjective)

"sonatas can be violin."

"repertoires can be violin."

"finishes can be violin."

"concertos can be violin."


Late 16th century: from Italian violino, diminutive of viola (see viola).