[flaw-tist, flou-]


Origin of flautist

1855–60; < Italian flautista, equivalent to flaut(o) flute + -ista -ist
Can be confusedflautist flutist
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Historical Examples of flautist

  • And so he is my nocturnal owl, my flautist of the bower, my Orpheus of the mountains.

    Doom Castle

    Neil Munro

  • Jim rocked through the crowd, in his tall hat, looking for the flautist.

    Aaron's Rod

    D. H. Lawrence

  • Meanwhile, the flautist was turning over his flute and glancing from it to the beautiful instrument Dick held.

    The Queen's Scarlet

    George Manville Fenn

  • The flautist sulkily lowered his flute, while the theme was now played as a trio with admirable effect.

    The Queen's Scarlet

    George Manville Fenn

  • The second movement, "Summer Idyl," is delicious, particularly in the chances it gives the flautist.

British Dictionary definitions for flautist


US and Canadian flutist (ˈfluːtɪst)


a player of the flute

Word Origin for flautist

C19: from Italian flautista, from flauto flute
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Word Origin and History for flautist

1860, from Italian flautista, from flauto "flute" (from Late Latin flauta; see flute (n.)) + Greek-derived suffix -ista.

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