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[flaw-tist, flou-] /ˈflɔ tɪst, ˈflaʊ-/
Origin of flautist
1855-60; < Italian flautista, equivalent to flaut(o) flute + -ista -ist
Can be confused
flautist, flutist. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • And so he is my nocturnal owl, my flautist of the bower, my Orpheus of the mountains.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • Jim rocked through the crowd, in his tall hat, looking for the flautist.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • The flautist sulkily lowered his flute, while the theme was now played as a trio with admirable effect.

    The Queen's Scarlet George Manville Fenn
  • Meanwhile, the flautist was turning over his flute and glancing from it to the beautiful instrument Dick held.

    The Queen's Scarlet George Manville Fenn
  • The second movement, "Summer Idyl," is delicious, particularly in the chances it gives the flautist.

  • He might have been a flautist, and he played with a catching lilt, a luxurious abandon that was an incarnation of Nature.

    Ghosts I Have Seen Violet Tweedale
  • It pleased the young men musically-inclined and bohemian by profession to patronise the flautist, whom they declared marvellous.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • James Paisible, flautist and composer, who set this charming song to music, was born about 1656.

British Dictionary definitions for flautist


a player of the flute
Word Origin
C19: from Italian flautista, from flautoflute
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Word Origin and History for flautist

1860, from Italian flautista, from flauto "flute" (from Late Latin flauta; see flute (n.)) + Greek-derived suffix -ista.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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