[ sim-fuh-nist ]

  1. a composer who writes symphonies.

Origin of symphonist

First recorded in 1650–60; symphon(y) + -ist

Words Nearby symphonist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use symphonist in a sentence

  • The First Symphony calls for special mention as in it the future symphonist is already foreshadowed.

    Beethoven | George Alexander Fischer
  • But he was not at his best in operatic writing,—this symphonist, this creator of great orchestral forms.

    Beethoven | George Alexander Fischer
  • No; in the mighty river of Beethoven the symphonist's invention shrinks to a trickle in his one opera.

    Musical Criticisms | Arthur Johnstone
  • Not much of a symphonist, as I have said, Moussorgsky did not even take the trouble to write an overture and some entr'actes.

  • Hector Berlioz, the famous French symphonist, was one of the extreme romanticists.

    How Music Developed | W. J. Henderson

British Dictionary definitions for symphonist


/ (ˈsɪmfənɪst) /

  1. a person who composes symphonies

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