a person who plays the harp, especially professionally.

Origin of harpist

First recorded in 1605–15; harp + -ist
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Examples from the Web for harpist

Historical Examples of harpist

  • The faces of those who looked upon the harpist were bathed in tears.

  • The air which the harpist had played began to control his movements.


    James Joyce

  • When it came to the turn of the harpist his manner became animated.

  • Then, for the first time, I knew that the Harpist of the Wood had awakened.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills

    Edwin Carlile Litsey

  • The matter was explained, and the professor promised to be on hand and bring the harpist with him.

Word Origin and History for harpist

1610s, a hybrid from harp (n.) + -ist.

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