noun, plural virtuosos, virtuosi [vur-choo-oh-see] .
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] . of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a virtuoso: a virtuoso performance.

1610–20; < Italian: versed, skilled < Late Latin virtuosus virtuous Unabridged
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virtuoso (ˌvɜːtjʊˈəʊzəʊ, -səʊ)
n , pl -sos, -si
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
[C17: from Italian: skilled, from Late Latin virtuōsus good, virtuous; see virtue]

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Word Origin & History

1620, "scholar, connoisseur," from It. virtuoso (pl. virtuosi), noun use of adj. meaning "skilled, learned, of exceptional worth," from L.L. virtuosus (see virtuous). Meaning "person with great skill" (as in music) is first attested 1743.
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Example sentences
Whatever separates a virtuoso rat from a less-discerning one, it's probably not
  a difference in gross brain organization.
On the contrary, it is usually cited as the incident that strengthened his
  resolve to become a virtuoso.
Their message was a liberating one: you didn't have to be a virtuoso to make
It was an eye-opener, with virtuoso dis-plays of color at every turn.
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