instrumentalist

[ in-struh-men-tl-ist ]
/ ˌɪn strəˈmɛn tl ɪst /

noun

a person who plays a musical instrument.
an advocate of instrumentalism.

adjective

of, relating to, or advocating instrumentalism.

Nearby words

  1. instrument station,
  2. instrumental,
  3. instrumental conditioning,
  4. instrumental learning,
  5. instrumentalism,
  6. instrumentality,
  7. instrumentally,
  8. instrumentarium,
  9. instrumentation,
  10. instrumented

Origin of instrumentalist

First recorded in 1815–25; instrumental + -ist

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British Dictionary definitions for instrumentalist

instrumentalist

/ (ˌɪnstrəˈmɛntəlɪst) /

noun

a person who plays a musical instrument
philosophy a person who believes in the doctrines of instrumentalism

adjective

of or relating to instrumentalism
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Word Origin and History for instrumentalist

instrumentalist

n.

1823, from instrumental in the musical sense + -ist.

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