- a person who has special knowledge or skill in a field.
- a person who excels in musical technique or execution.
- a person who has a cultivated appreciation of artistic excellence, as a connoisseur or collector of objects of art, antiques, etc.
- Obsolete. a person who has special interest or knowledge in the arts and sciences; scientist; scholar.
- Also vir·tu·os·ic [vur-choo-os-ik] /ˌvɜr tʃuˈɒs ɪk/. of, relating to, or characteristic of a virtuoso: a virtuoso performance.
Origin of virtuoso
Related Words for virtuosomusician, magician, prodigy, pro, authority, brain, champ, sharp, pundit, wizard, genius, star, champion, adept, professional, natural, ace, artist, crackerjack, celebrity
Examples from the Web for virtuoso
Contemporary Examples of virtuoso
What results is a kind of mashup concert, a virtuoso mixed-media DJ set tuned to a keen emotional pitch.War Is About More Than Heroes, Martyrs, and Patriots
Nathan Bradley Bethea
November 12, 2014
Well, that was a virtuoso performance by Chris Christie yesterday.Did Chris Christie Turn a Blind Eye?
January 10, 2014
“Those who are virtuoso full-time boycotters should not talk about boycotts,” Druckman said.Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Jews Have Permission To Believe
March 14, 2013
It was a show of epic length with an overstocked lake of new members, all virtuoso players who blazed through the hits.Guns N’ Roses Rocks Las Vegas
November 14, 2012
He is a virtuoso of action, as he demonstrated in his very first film, The Surgarland Express.Jaws’s Anniversary: Newsweek’s 1975 Review
June 20, 2012
Historical Examples of virtuoso
"Look into your own consciousness and memory," replied the virtuoso.
"I did not think that you were still so young," said the virtuoso.
A picturesque, old German virtuoso is the reverent possessor of a genuine "Cremona."The Harbor
I prefer that no one handle it, said the virtuoso commandingly.The Fifth String
John Philip Sousa
It takes on the color of any composer's ideas, and submits like a slave to the whims of any virtuoso.Melomaniacs
- a consummate master of musical technique and artistry
- a person who has a masterly or dazzling skill or technique in any field of activity
- a connoisseur, dilettante, or collector of art objects
- obsolete a scholar or savant
- (modifier) showing masterly skill or brilliancea virtuoso performance
Word Origin for virtuoso
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.