noun. any of a family of bowed stringed instruments that preceded the violin family.
- viola da gamba
- bowed stringed instrument
- bass viol
- viola da braccio
- take away
Example sentences of the word viol
1. Noun, singular or mass
The bass viol, commonly known as the contrabass or double bass, was still utilized when other viols died out.
String Instruments of the baroque orchestra were mostly of the the viol family.