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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
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Viola is a beautiful, loving, socially conscious girl with a great sense of humor. She has amazing fashion sense and everyone wants to be her friend. She has been throught the ups and downs of life, and know just what to say when you are feeling down. She is a wonderful person to be around. Everything she does if for the good of the people around her. She is the most amazing person to have as a friend. If you know a Viola, you are one lucky person.
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One of the five major stringed instruments. Tuned in a middle register, exactly an octave higher than the cello. Music written primarily in alto clef, occasionally treble. The brunt of many, many jokes.
What do you do with a dead viola player? Move him back a desk.

But why are viola jokes so short? So violin players can understand them.
by Julia Anne November 29, 2005
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A glorious stringed instrument that creates a rich, warm tone when played, unlike the violin which can sound like someone is strangling a cat -- sometimes several cats. Either orchestras have barely any violas, or so many they have no idea what to do with all of them.
Hey, how big is your viola section?
About fifteen, this year.
Good, maybe you can drown out the violins. How many of them are there?
About sixteen.
Yes! We're coming up!
by Rachel C December 03, 2003
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One of the most important instruments in the orchestra. Plays in the C Clef offering a bridge between the Bass and Treble Clef. It's the glue that holds the orchestra together as switching between the melody and harmony of the composition as order of making sure the orchestra stays together.

The viola, slightly larger than the violin offers deep and rich sound audible from the rest of the music that is currently being played. Thus making a small viola section still powerful. Though having a larger viola section could help balance out the ocean of violinists taking up half the stage.

Many jokes are centered around the Viola since it appears to be a lesser instrument, but this is because most of those jokes use the insert instrument here parts which usually the viola name goes in there.
Q: How do you know when a violin is playing out of tune?
A: When the bow is moving.

Q: How do you know when a viola is playing out of tune?
A: When the bow is moving.
by Scenre August 16, 2012
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A four stringed instrument that kicks ass! Viola's RULE, violins only play high notes, viola's play those sweet low tunes that would make you fall asleep.
"Hey did you hear the viola's part?"

"Yeah, it was sooooooooo beautiful, while the violin's part completely broke my eardrums."
by eloisa November 17, 2003
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A Chanukah menorah.

Named as such for its beauty, compared to viola instrument music.
The lights of the viola are beautiful
by Bed time December 16, 2009
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