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pianist

[pee-an-ist, pyan-, pee-uh-nist]
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noun
  1. a person who plays the piano, especially one who performs expertly or professionally.
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Origin of pianist

1830–40; < French pianiste < Italian pianista. See piano1, -ist
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  • The cornet and bass-viol had put in an appearance, but the pianist had been lost in the shuffle.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

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

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

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

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

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

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    James Huneker

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

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    James Huneker


British Dictionary definitions for pianist

pianist

noun
  1. a person who plays the piano
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Word Origin and History for pianist

n.

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

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