- a person who plays a musical instrument.
- an advocate of instrumentalism.
- of, relating to, or advocating instrumentalism.
Origin of instrumentalist
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Examples from the Web for instrumentalist
The brainy singer and instrumentalist has been wooing fans for years.Andrew Bird’s ‘Break It Yourself’ Is a Tale of Survival
April 5, 2012
His musical director was not only an instrumentalist but a composer as well.Sundry Accounts
Irvin S. Cobb
How much every instrumentalist can learn from the art of singing!Great Pianists on Piano Playing
James Francis Cooke
The extraordinary career of Paganini has received more attention than the life of any other instrumentalist.Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work
Stephen Samuel Stratton
From an instrumentalist in Colonne's orchestra he had attained the rank of assistant conductor.An Autobiography
Rossini, then, at once vocalist and instrumentalist, began his career in both characters at a very early age.The Great Musicians: Rossini and His School
Henry Sutherland Edwards
- a person who plays a musical instrument
- philosophy a person who believes in the doctrines of instrumentalism
- of or relating to instrumentalism
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Word Origin and History for instrumentalist
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