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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 virtuoso
  • 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 music.
  • It was an eye-opener, with virtuoso dis-plays of color at every turn.
  • His languid rhythms and floating, world-weary vocals revolve around virtuoso oud flights.
  • Rarely, a virtuoso mbira player will perform a ceremony alone.
  • She is a keen-eyed virtuoso dancer who can cross a stage in splits, meanwhile seeming to tell you the meaning of life.
  • Yet it is only a slight thing that prevents many of them from being folk-tales, or even old wives' tales, narrated by a virtuoso.
  • It's not exactly virtuoso coding, but it's a skill that is becoming increasingly valuable.
  • Khan showing a virtuoso touch with stunningly complicated embroideries and beading.
British Dictionary definitions for virtuoso


/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 virtuoso

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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