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cellist

[chel-ist] /ˈtʃɛl ɪst/
noun
1.
a person who plays the cello.
Origin of cellist
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90; short for violoncellist
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  • The 'cellist with the hair—or the lady in Greek dress—or the esoteric Buddhist?

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • At the same time he assisted as cellist in the orchestra there.

    The Violoncello and Its History

    Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
  • A few years later the Belgian cellist, Paque, was his master.

    The Violoncello and Its History

    Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
  • It is not even certain that Domenico Bononcini was a cellist.

    The Violoncello and Its History

    Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
  • The fifth row, aisle, smiles and nods to the sausage-fingered 'cellist.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • He was in the habit of appearing at concerts both as violinist and 'cellist.

  • The 'cellist, the woman, the Avenger, all vanished instantly.

    The Upas Tree Florence L. Barclay
  • He had just time to see the 'cellist in the mirror also pause.

    The Upas Tree Florence L. Barclay
  • Beethoven got up, and while he kept on playing his own part, sang the cellist's part.

    Beethoven

    George Alexander Fischer
Word Origin and History for cellist
n.

1880, short for violoncellist on model of cello.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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