Definition of vihuela in English:



  • 1A type of early Spanish stringed musical instrument, in particular.

    • ‘Juan Carlos Rivera and his vihuela are shown to advantage in an extract from the Mass ‘Quam pulchri sunt’.’
    • ‘As the 16-member ensemble launches into a particularly romantic song, local high school mariachi teacher John Contreras rocks rhythmically nearby, a small vihuela (an instrument similar to a guitar) at his side.’
    • ‘The five-course guitar supplanted the aristocratic vihuela in the 17th century and came to be regarded as the typical Spanish instrument.’
    1. 1.1 A type of guitar.
    2. 1.2 A type of viol.


Mid 19th century: Spanish.