The old men in those dayes were not so ignorant in philosophy as the virtuosi, forsooth, doe thinke they were.
We had our virtuosi of the highest rank, our rich and noble authors in abundance.
From boorish squires they blossomed into grands seigneurs, patrons of the arts, virtuosi.
I would not barter memories of their music-making for a wilderness of virtuosi.
It is to him, too, that we owe the privilege of hearing often virtuosi on various instruments.
In a little time he fell in debt; took up with virtuosi; began to read Voltaire, and talk against religion in his drink.
I, who was never stirred or pleased by the playing of virtuosi!
In the poet's words, he was the magnet who drew men of genius (virtuosi) from all parts of the world to Milan.
One of these virtuosi seemed to think that I might be an embryo, or abortive birth.
After every toast the music struck up; but our virtuosi were only acquainted with two German pieces.
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.