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virtuoso

[vur-choo-oh-soh] /ˌvɜr tʃuˈoʊ soʊ/
noun, plural virtuosos, virtuosi
[vur-choo-oh-see] /ˌvɜr tʃuˈoʊ si/ (Show IPA)
1.
a person who has special knowledge or skill in a field.
2.
a person who excels in musical technique or execution.
3.
a person who has a cultivated appreciation of artistic excellence, as a connoisseur or collector of objects of art, antiques, etc.
4.
Obsolete. a person who has special interest or knowledge in the arts and sciences; scientist; scholar.
adjective
5.
Also, virtuosic
[vur-choo-os-ik] /ˌvɜr tʃuˈɒs ɪk/ (Show IPA)
. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a virtuoso:
a virtuoso performance.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Italian: versed, skilled < Late Latin virtuosus virtuous
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British Dictionary definitions for virtuosi

virtuoso

/ˌvɜːtjʊˈəʊzəʊ; -səʊ/
noun (pl) -sos, -si (-siː)
1.
a consummate master of musical technique and artistry
2.
a person who has a masterly or dazzling skill or technique in any field of activity
3.
a connoisseur, dilettante, or collector of art objects
4.
(obsolete) a scholar or savant
5.
(modifier) showing masterly skill or brilliance: a virtuoso performance
Derived Forms
virtuosic (ˌvɜːtjʊˈɒsɪk) adjective
virtuosity, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Italian: skilled, from Late Latin virtuōsus good, virtuous; see virtue
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Word Origin and History for virtuosi

virtuoso

n.

1610s, "scholar, connoisseur," from Italian virtuoso (plural virtuosi), noun use of adjective meaning "skilled, learned, of exceptional worth," from Late Latin virtuosus (see virtuous). Meaning "person with great skill" (as in music) is first attested 1743.

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