a flute player.

Also flautist.

Origin of flutist

1595–1605; flute + -ist; see flautist
Can be confusedflautist flutist
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Examples from the Web for flutist

Contemporary Examples of flutist

  • Not only did Palin show off her skills as a flutist as well, but she was awarded the title of Miss Congeniality.

Historical Examples of flutist

  • But as a flutist he surpassed himself in all other qualities.

    Dust of New York

    Konrad Bercovici

  • When he grew to manhood he became first flutist in the Baltimore orchestra.

  • The fiddler stood with bow suspended over the strings, the flutist with fingers on all stops.

    In the Roar of the Sea

    Sabine Baring-Gould

  • He inherited the love of music from his parents,—his father having been a flutist and his mother an alto singer and pianist.

    The Standard Cantatas

    George P. Upton

  • He came of a musical family, his father being a flutist, while his mother played the piano and sang.

British Dictionary definitions for flutist



mainly US and Canadian a variant of flautist
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Word Origin and History for flutist

c.1600, probably from French flûtiste; replaced Middle English flouter (early 13c., from Old French flauteor) and is preferred in U.S. The British preference is flautist (q.v.), a Continental reborrowing that returns the original diphthong.

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