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[pee-an-ist, pyan-, pee-uh-nist] /piˈæn ɪst, ˈpyæn-, ˈpi ə nɪst/
a person who plays the piano, especially one who performs expertly or professionally.
Origin of pianist
1830-40; < French pianiste < Italian pianista. See piano1, -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The instrument is capable of great brilliancy and great power, greater than lie in the ten fingers of any pianist.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • The pianist instantly stopped, and a dinner was ordered by Harry.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • Mme. Montgerou has since taken first rank as a pianist, and distinguished herself as a composer.

    The Memoirs of Madame Vige Lebrun Marie Louise Elisabeth Vige-Lebrun
  • They chatted, and asked the pianist to join them in another drink.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • Under the careful instruction of his father he made such rapid progress that he appeared in public as a pianist at the age of six.

British Dictionary definitions for pianist


a person who plays the piano
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pianist

1822, from French pianiste, from Italian pianista; see piano + -ist. Earlier in English in the French form, pianiste (1816).

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