probably the second best instrument, tied with the bass and beatenn by the cello, in the orchestra. unlike the violin, violas have sweet medium sound that, quite honestly, shouldn't be neglected so much by people. And because viola players are hard come upon, you don't even need that much skill to get a job teaching, get into an orchastra, etc because there isn't much competition.
Goerge plays the viola, and even though he charges 2 times a normal pirce for music lessons, he still gets students, because he's the only viola teacher in the district.
by monster_by_mistake_achoo! February 23, 2009
Purple in Italian.

An instrument that has a G-string like the violin.
violinist: Hey my G string is out of tune can, someone play it for me?
violist: Sure
violinist: A viola doesn't have a G-string.
violist: Yes we do
violist plays the G-string.
by Viola/Violin January 01, 2009
Larger than the violin but smaller than the cello. It sounds sort of chocolaty, but playing it is difficult because it's range is fit in an instrument like 30 % too small. Like the 2nd best instrument in the orchestra, behind cello. Often underappreciated, but it's really one of the best instruments out there. Violists themselves are quite eccentric- a big bundle of different personalaties.
The violas like to call themselves the meat of the orchestra sandwich, which basically means that they like to hide under the pieces of bread rather than call too much attention to themselves. Violists have to struggle with an instrument whose range is forced into a sounding body of air which is perhaps 30 percent smaller than the acoustically appropriate volume. This makes for a constant quest for the ideal viola sound (which some would say would be the viola sitting in its case) and the distinct air of the absent-minded professor amongst violists. If you need someone to fix your computer, start with the viola section.
by Rai-Medo April 05, 2011
A four-stringed instrument that looks like a slighlty larger violin, but oncloser inpection its sound is more like that of a cello. Very smooth, mellow sound, but usually they get the shitty parts.
The viola sounds good but they never get any good music.
by Firstar November 22, 2003
An undeservedly ignored symphony orchestra instrument, larger than a violin but smaller than a cello. You read the music in the alto clef, but occasionally the music can go up into treble clef range. Has a warm, velvety kind of tonal quality.
Hector Berlioz's "Harold in Italy" is a concerto for viola and symphony orchestra.
by pentozali January 22, 2014
voila for illiterate wannabe smartasses
Buying a home doesn't mean you simply look for home and viola that's it. (Promotional text)
by No more drama April 05, 2008
A wooden box that originated in the 16th century made to sound like a dying cat. Often times the cat can be removed from the box, leaving behind the skeleton of a violin.
Someone please stab that viola!
by relievetheworldofviolas October 30, 2012

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