[ floo-tist ]
/ ˈflu tɪst /


a flute player.
Also flautist.

Origin of flutist

1595–1605; flute + -ist; see flautist
Can be confusedflautist flutist
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British Dictionary definitions for flutist


/ (ˈfluːtɪst) /


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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