a person who plays the harp, especially professionally.

1605–15; harp + -ist

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harp (hɑːp)
1.  a large triangular plucked stringed instrument consisting of a soundboard connected to an upright pillar by means of a curved crossbar from which the strings extend downwards. The strings are tuned diatonically and may be raised in pitch either one or two semitones by the use of pedals (double-action harp). Basic key: B major; range: nearly seven octaves
2.  something resembling this, esp in shape
3.  an informal name (esp in pop music) for harmonica
4.  (intr) to play the harp
5.  archaic (tr) to speak; utter; express
6.  (intr; foll by on or upon) to speak or write in a persistent and tedious manner
[Old English hearpe; related to Old Norse harpa, Old High German harfa, Latin corbis basket, Russian korobit to warp]

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