a person who plays the cello.

Nearby words

  1. cellentani,
  2. cellhouse,
  3. cellini,
  4. cellini's halo,
  5. cellini, benvenuto,
  6. cellmate,
  7. cello,
  8. cellobiose,
  9. celloidin,
  10. cellophane

Origin of cellist

First recorded in 1885–90; short for violoncellist

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Word Origin and History for cellist



1880, short for violoncellist on model of cello.

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