[ kon-truh-puhn-tist ]
/ ˌkɒn trəˈpʌn tɪst /


a person skilled in the practice of counterpoint.

Origin of contrapuntist

From the Italian word contrappuntista, dating back to 1770–80. See counterpoint, -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for contrapuntist

  • Other music was required to depict the emotions than that of the contrapuntist, with its puzzling intricacies.

    For Every Music Lover|Aubertine Woodward Moore
  • Much that Nabucco contained demonstrated the fully-trained composer, the scientific musician, and the able contrapuntist.

    Verdi: Man and Musician|Frederick James Crowest
  • His training as a composer was finished under the contrapuntist Dehn, with whom Glinka stayed for several months at Berlin.

British Dictionary definitions for contrapuntist



/ (ˌkɒntrəˈpʌntɪst) /


music a composer skilled in counterpoint
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