Origin of violaItalian ; from Old ProvenÃ§al viula, viol
Origin of violaMiddle English ; from L, a violet, probably of non-IE origin, originally
Origin of Viola; from L: see viola
Origin of violaMiddle English, from Latin; akin to Greek ion (both Greek and Latin from a common unknown Mediterranean source ).
- A stringed instrument of the violin family, slightly larger than a violin, tuned a fifth lower, and having a deeper, more sonorous tone.
- An organ stop usually of eight-foot or four-foot pitch yielding stringlike tones.
Origin of violaItalian, from Old Italian, from Old Provençal, a kind of early viol, ultimately of imitative origin (probably back formation from violar, to play the viol, from *viu, sound imitative of a hurdy-gurdy or viol).
From Italian viola, from Old ProvenÃ§al viola (modern Occitan viula), from Medieval Latin *vitula (“stringed instrument").
From Latin viola (“violet").
From Latin viola (“violet")