virtuoso

[ vur-choo-oh-soh ]
/ ˌvɜr tʃuˈoʊ soʊ /

noun, plural vir·tu·o·sos, vir·tu·o·si [vur-choo-oh-see]. /ˌvɜr tʃuˈoʊ si/.

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.

adjective

Also vir·tu·os·ic [vur-choo-os-ik]. /ˌvɜr tʃuˈɒs ɪk/. of, relating to, or characteristic of a virtuoso: a virtuoso performance.

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Origin of virtuoso

1610–20; <Italian: versed, skilled <Late Latin virtuosusvirtuous
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British Dictionary definitions for virtuoso

virtuoso
/ (ˌvɜːtjʊˈəʊzəʊ, -səʊ) /

noun plural -sos or -si (-siː)

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

Derived forms of virtuoso

virtuosic (ˌvɜːtjʊˈɒsɪk), adjectivevirtuosity, noun

Word Origin for virtuoso

C17: from Italian: skilled, from Late Latin virtuōsus good, virtuous; see virtue
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