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[pee-an-ist, pyan-, pee-uh-nist] /piˈæn ɪst, ˈpyæn-, ˈpi ə nɪst/
a person who plays the piano, especially one who performs expertly or professionally.
Origin of pianist
1830-40; < French pianiste < Italian pianista. See piano1, -ist Unabridged
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  • The cornet and bass-viol had put in an appearance, but the pianist had been lost in the shuffle.

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  • They chatted, and asked the pianist to join them in another drink.

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  • My parents were easy in circumstances and I was brought up to be a pianist.

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  • "He looks just like the description given by Niecks," murmured the pianist.

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  • The pianist then went away in a rage because Stannum had slept while he played.

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British Dictionary definitions for pianist


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

1822, from French pianiste, from Italian pianista; see piano + -ist. Earlier in English in the French form, pianiste (1816).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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