Definition of viola d'amore in English:

viola d'amore


  • A sweet-toned 18th-century musical instrument similar to a viola, but with six or seven strings, and additional sympathetic strings below the fingerboard.

    ‘The concerto for lute and viola d'amore is one of his last works’
    • ‘Thompson believes that playing the viola d'amore has enhanced his viola playing.’
    • ‘There isn't a huge repertoire for the viola d'amore and, when you consider the instrument's eccentricities, it is hardly surprising.’


viola d'amore

/vēˌōlə däˈmôrā/ /viˌoʊlə dɑˈmɔreɪ/


Italian, literally ‘viol of love’.