cel·​list ˈche-list How to pronounce cellist (audio)
: a cello player
a yard-long implement that looks just like a cellist's bow, only larger.Donovan Hohn

Examples of cellist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even with multiple performances, the cellist — whose second daughter, Elina, was born in early 2022 — hopes audiences come expectation-free. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2023 Seated on the stage were Yo-Yo Ma, the celebrated cellist, and Liza Donnelly, the New Yorker cartoonist, who had been paired for the evening by the moderator, Guy Ben-Aharon, to explore how their creative lives might converge. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2023 The Inauguration poet Amanda Gorman and the German cellist Jan Vogler team up (Feb. 17), combining spoken word and Bach cello suites. Condé Nast, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2023 By the end of the ’70s, Dutton and the cellist David Finckel had joined, and the roster was set for more than three decades. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2023 His mother, Dorothy, was a cellist and his father a violinist and orchestra leader. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Sep. 2023 David Keith McCallum was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to a father who was first violinist for the London Philharmonic and a mother who was a cellist. Carmel Dagan, Variety, 25 Sep. 2023 His father was a violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, his cousin was principal cellist with the Boston Symphony, and his brother became associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra and concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Douglas Starr, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 Harris' sister Maya officiated the ceremony, which was accompanied by a cellist. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 30 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cellist was in 1856

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“Cellist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellist. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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: a person who plays the cello

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