Word of the DayWednesday, February 04, 2009
\vur-choo-OH-soh\ , noun, adjective;
pl. virtuosos, virtuosi
a person skilled in the techniques of an art, esp. playing a musical instrument; by extension, a person with a cultivated appreciation of artistry
showing mastery in artistic skills
They applauded the virtuoso's performance.
Her virtuoso singing landed her a free graduate education at Yale.
c. 1651, from Italian virtuoso, from Late Latin virtuosus. The meaning "person with great skill" (as in music) is first attested 1743.
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