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[hahr-pist] /ˈhɑr pɪst/
a person who plays the harp, especially professionally.
Origin of harpist
First recorded in 1605-15; harp + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The faces of those who looked upon the harpist were bathed in tears.

    Stories from the Ballads Mary MacGregor
  • The air which the harpist had played began to control his movements.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • When it came to the turn of the harpist his manner became animated.

    The Green Book Mr Jkai
  • Then, for the first time, I knew that the harpist of the Wood had awakened.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • The matter was explained, and the professor promised to be on hand and bring the harpist with him.

    Dave Porter and the Runaways Edward Stratemeyer
  • Since 1885 he has been first solo cellist and harpist at the Amsterdam Orchestra Union.

    The Violoncello and Its History

    Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
  • Not far from the porch of the club a harpist stood in the roadway, playing to a little ring of listeners.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • Seated in the chariot by his side was no brave soldier or noble statesman, but Diodorus the harpist!

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • Ctesipho falls in love with a harpist, whom schinus, to please his brother, carries off from her master.

    A History of Roman Literature

    Harold North Fowler
  • In the end this marriage takes place, Ctesipho gets his harpist and Micio is persuaded to marry the widow.

    A History of Roman Literature

    Harold North Fowler
Word Origin and History for harpist

1610s, a hybrid from harp (n.) + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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