[ pee-uh-niz-uhm, pee-an-iz-, pyan- ]

  1. the artistry and technique of a pianist.

  2. performance by a pianist: an evening of first-rate pianism.

Origin of pianism

First recorded in 1835–45; pian(o)1 + -ism

Words Nearby pianism

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How to use pianism in a sentence

  • He adds that he admired the late legendary Arthur Rubinstein as much for his “social life” as for his pianism.

  • This rare combination of the virtuoso and the poet places Joseffy outside the pale of popular "pianism."

    Franz Liszt | James Huneker
  • Bauer played Liszt's Dance of Death in this country, creating thereby a reputation for brilliant "pianism."

    Franz Liszt | James Huneker
  • Henceforward the art of pianism stood on an entirely different level.

    Theodor Leschetizky | Annette Hullah
  • MacDowell's French training showed in his "pianism" in the velocity, clarity, and pearly quality of his scales and trills.

    Unicorns | James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for pianism


/ (ˈpiːəˌnɪzəm) /

  1. technique, skill, or artistry in playing the piano

Derived forms of pianism

  • pianistic, adjective

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