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[hahr-pist] /ˈhɑr pɪst/
a person who plays the harp, especially professionally.
Origin of harpist
1605-15; harp + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The sun was down, and now, at twilight, the harpist of the Wood awoke and touched his multitudinous strings.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • The air which the harpist had played began to control his movements.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • She taught the little children herself, and her husband, the harpist, taught the older ones.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • The matter was explained, and the professor promised to be on hand and bring the harpist with him.

    Dave Porter and the Runaways Edward Stratemeyer
  • Then, for the first time, I knew that the harpist of the Wood had awakened.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • Ctesipho falls in love with a harpist, whom schinus, to please his brother, carries off from her master.

    A History of Roman Literature Harold North Fowler
  • The judge of character, the harpist upon heart-chords, made the next move—not the candid, manly friend.

    Husks Marion Harland
  • In the end this marriage takes place, Ctesipho gets his harpist and Micio is persuaded to marry the widow.

    A History of Roman Literature Harold North Fowler
  • Seated in the chariot by his side was no brave soldier or noble statesman, but Diodorus the harpist!

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • At length the harpist, flinging back his long hair over his shoulders, stretched out his hands and began playing.

    Sentimental Education Vol 1 Gustave Flaubert
Word Origin and History for harpist

1610s, a hybrid from harp (n.) + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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