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[awr-guh-nist] /ˈɔr gə nɪst/
a person who plays the organ.
Origin of organist
1585-95; < Medieval Latin organista; equivalent to organ(um) organ + -ista -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • After the completion of his studies he returned home and accepted the position of organist at one of the Hartford churches.

    The Standard Cantatas George P. Upton
  • The late Mrs. Chambers, formerly of Peterboro', was the organist.

    A Soldier's Life Edwin G. Rundle
  • But all's well that ends well; and you will be glad to hear that I have appointed her organist in my church.

    The Lake George Moore
  • Sackau was an organist of the old school, learned and fond of his art.

    Sketch of Handel and Beethoven Thomas Hanly Ball
  • Then right away the organist would let go another avalanche.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Still, when I realize that I had missed the organist, I was disappointed.

    Riviera Towns Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • But in the last year of his life he was organist in the parish church of San Lorenzo in Monte.

  • The organist must certainly be an important person in a church.

    Thistle and Rose Amy Walton
  • The long shadow was made by Miss Phœbe Summers, the organist, come to practise.

    Sixes and Sevens O. Henry
  • In the Cathedrals, too, the organist was a long way off from the choir.

British Dictionary definitions for organist


a person who plays the organ
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for organist

1590s, from organ + -ist, or from or influenced by Middle French organiste, from Medieval Latin organista "one who plays an organ," from Latin organum (see organ).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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