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instrumentalist

[in-struh-men-tl-ist]
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noun
  1. a person who plays a musical instrument.
  2. an advocate of instrumentalism.
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or advocating instrumentalism.

Origin of instrumentalist

First recorded in 1815–25; instrumental + -ist
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instrumentalist

noun
  1. a person who plays a musical instrument
  2. philosophy a person who believes in the doctrines of instrumentalism
adjective
  1. of or relating to instrumentalism
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Word Origin and History for instrumentalist

n.

1823, from instrumental in the musical sense + -ist.

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