noun, plural vir·tu·o·sos, vir·tu·o·si [vur-choo-oh-see] /ˌvɜr tʃuˈoʊ si/.
Origin of virtuoso
Examples from the Web for virtuosi
And music became a monopoly of a few "virtuosi" who took the music away from the home and carried it to the concert-hall.The Story of Mankind|Hendrik van Loon
In the poet's words, he was the magnet who drew men of genius (virtuosi) from all parts of the world to Milan.Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Milan, 1475-1497|Julia Mary Cartwright
We come to Italy: look at the affectations with which the Virtuosi and Filosofi have enchained the free spirit of poetry.Goldsmith|William Black
The virtuosi of the Acadmie used to perform in them and afterwards proceed to the church to sing motets.History of the Opera from its Origin in Italy to the present Time|Henry Sutherland Edwards
Ysaye is noted, too, for sincerity of purpose and seriousness such as few of the virtuosi have possessed.Famous Violinists of To-day and Yesterday|Henry C. Lahee
British Dictionary definitions for virtuosi
noun plural -sos or -si (-siː)
Word Origin for virtuoso
Word Origin and History for virtuosi
1610s, "scholar, connoisseur," from Italian virtuoso (plural virtuosi), noun use of adjective meaning "skilled, learned, of exceptional worth," from Late Latin virtuosus (see virtuous). Meaning "person with great skill" (as in music) is first attested 1743.