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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.
1830-40; < French pianiste < Italian pianista. See piano1, -ist Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pianist
  • The practiced pianist touches the right keys without thinking of them.
  • The pianist gradually increases the tempo and volume and completely expends his energy.
  • She is the shorter of the two pianist present that day.
  • Many songs on the disc were clearly selected with keys in mind, and the pianist gets to shine frequently.
  • They had a concert pianist come in to the studio and play mundane pieces while they asked questions.
  • He was a pianist and it was his ambition to be a composers.
  • He is unusually tall for a pianist, with a high brow and a loping stride.
  • The pianist had opened me up to new aspects of jazz.
  • He is considered the musical wunderkind of our time--a pianist prodigy.
  • Had he been a proper pianist-he's dabbled inexpertly-his ten-note span might be of use.
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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