cellist

[chel-ist]
noun
a person who plays the cello.

Origin:
1885–90; short for violoncellist

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cello (ˈtʃɛləʊ)
 
n , pl -los
music Full name: violoncello a bowed stringed instrument of the violin family. Range: more than four octaves upwards from C below the bass staff. It has four strings, is held between the knees, and has an extendible metal spike at the lower end, which acts as a support
 
'cellist
 
n

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cellist
1888, short for violoncellist on model of cello.
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There is a condensed-matter physicist, a producer of a public radio show, a cellist-even a silversmith.
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