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[vur-choo-oh-soh] /ˌvɜr tʃuˈoʊ soʊ/
noun, plural virtuosos, virtuosi
[vur-choo-oh-see] /ˌvɜr tʃuˈoʊ si/ (Show IPA)
a person who has special knowledge or skill in a field.
a person who excels in musical technique or execution.
a person who has a cultivated appreciation of artistic excellence, as a connoisseur or collector of objects of art, antiques, etc.
Obsolete. a person who has special interest or knowledge in the arts and sciences; scientist; scholar.
Also, virtuosic
[vur-choo-os-ik] /ˌvɜr tʃuˈɒs ɪk/ (Show IPA)
. of, relating to, or characteristic of a virtuoso:
a virtuoso performance.
Origin of virtuoso
1610-20; < Italian: versed, skilled < Late Latin virtuosus virtuous Unabridged
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Examples from the web for virtuosic
  • Don't expect a dance of ideas or a virtuosic concert of voices.
  • As an artist, she took the roles she played to a virtuosic height few operatic performers have since equalled.
  • Yet it has a body of virtuosic literature that can both dazzle and move listeners.
  • The biggest waves are more mountainous, and the techniques of riding them more varied and virtuosic.
  • But one need not possess virtuosic close-reading skills to detect some troubling doublespeak.
  • But despite these weaknesses, its merits are considerable, and the skill that went into its making is nothing less than virtuosic.
  • Most of the movements are weighted, rather than slickly virtuosic or glib.
  • He has a virtuosic musical talent, and is able to pull off credible impersonations of performers in virtually any musical genre.
  • He has a giddy live act for which he and his virtuosic backup band bring the dance party onstage with disarming sincerity.
  • His concert sets last nearly two hours, and are full of virtuosic playing and high-concept videos.
British Dictionary definitions for virtuosic


/ˌvɜːtjʊˈəʊzəʊ; -səʊ/
noun (pl) -sos, -si (-siː)
a consummate master of musical technique and artistry
a person who has a masterly or dazzling skill or technique in any field of activity
a connoisseur, dilettante, or collector of art objects
(obsolete) a scholar or savant
(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 virtuosic



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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