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Definition of cellist

: a cello player a yard-long implement that looks just like a cellist's bow, only larger.— Donovan Hohn

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Recent Examples on the Web Now based in Los Angeles, the group also includes Matt Sallee (bass) and singer, beatboxer and cellist Kevin Olusola. Thor Christensen, Dallas News, "Pentatonix put aside covers, deliver a cappella originals on ‘The Lucky Ones’," 2 Feb. 2021 The famous cellist has received numerous accolades in his over 50-year career, including 18 Grammy Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Kennedy Center Honors, and one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2020 by Time Magazine. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "The greatest cellist in the world will play at this Houston gala," 25 Jan. 2021 Cathy, a flutist, and Jonathan, a cellist, began playing on the porch of their Pasadena, California, home. Jake Coyle, chicagotribune.com, "Performing in the pandemic, by Zoom, drive-in and doorstep," 22 Dec. 2020 Benchmark accounts of the composer’s music for cello and piano, with the refined French cellist Pierre Fournier, were recorded live in 1965. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "‘Wilhelm Kempff Edition’ Review: A Classical Colossus," 15 Dec. 2020 The young British cellist is joined by his sister, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, for Barber’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in this Philharmonic Society of Orange County presentation. Los Angeles Times, "19 culture picks: Alan Cumming, Constance Wu and Samira Wiley in ‘Uncle Vanya’," 19 Nov. 2020 There were live musicians, including a cellist, Sonia Goldberg, as well as Teddy Grahams cookies, actors flitting among the exhaust pipes and even a few live scenes illuminated in a see-through part of the building’s lobby. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Review: At Chicago Children’s Theatre’s 'Beatrix Potter Drive-In,’ the pint-sized people in the back seat get their due," 11 Oct. 2020 The dancers then use their own creativity to move their bodies as a cellist provides live music. Washington Post, "As isolation takes a deadly toll on older adults, a senior dance group finds a new way to connect," 17 Oct. 2020 Avant-garde cellist Helen Gillet will present live video broadcasts from the exhibit at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 and Jan. 31. Visit the website, noma.org, to buy tickets and for information. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Gorgeous new NOMA show includes translucent silk clouds raining 4,000 glinting needles," 13 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of cellist

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cellist was in 1856

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16 Feb 2021

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“Cellist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellist. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cellist

: a person who plays the cello

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