- a person who plays the cello.
Origin of cellist
First recorded in 1885–90; short for violoncellist
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Examples from the Web for cellist
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The 'cellist with the hair—or the lady in Greek dress—or the esoteric Buddhist?Robert Elsmere
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At the same time he assisted as cellist in the orchestra there.
It is not even certain that Domenico Bononcini was a cellist.
A few years later the Belgian cellist, Paque, was his master.
The fifth row, aisle, smiles and nods to the sausage-fingered 'cellist.Fanny Herself
Word Origin and History for cellist
1880, short for violoncellist on model of cello.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper