in·​stru·​men·​tal·​ist | \ ˌin(t)-strə-ˈmen-tᵊl-ist How to pronounce instrumentalist (audio) \

Definition of instrumentalist

1 : a player on a musical instrument
2 : an exponent of instrumentalism

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instrumentalist adjective

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Examples of instrumentalist in a Sentence

he excels as a conductor, a composer, and as an instrumentalist
Recent Examples on the Web New members of high school age and above are welcome on any instrument. While there are not any auditions, instrumentalists are required to perform to the best of their abilities and to attend regular rehearsals. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "The weather leaves her wondering: Whit & Whimsey," 31 Jan. 2020 But Diplo isn’t exactly an instrumentalist, which is hard to conceal on that stage in a room full of musicians. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Dance Music at the 2020 Grammys: A Billboard Dance Contributor Roundtable," 23 Jan. 2020 Opening that night is Dalaun, an up-and-coming soul instrumentalist who graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2017., "5 reasons for music-lovers to hit the Massachusetts museum circuit this season - The Boston Globe," 18 Oct. 2019 Like many another commercial instrumentalist, Jones grew tired of playing bland accompaniments to off-the-rack ballads, and put together a band of like-minded friends who recorded parodies of the hit songs of the day for their own amusement. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "The Original Pop Parodist," 9 Aug. 2018 At the show's conclusion, Keenan congratulated each of his band mates and exited — not in a James Brown showman's sense, but seemingly to let the instrumentalists drink in the crowd's adoration. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Ever-intense rock band Tool reaches peak at Bankers Life Fieldhouse," 3 Nov. 2019 Many in the audience likely recognized this or that singer-songwriter from the local indie-pop scene or the instrumentalists who hailed from the new music scene. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At Descanso Gardens, music meets nature and ‘Silence’ means many things," 8 Sep. 2019 Marie Kondo might balk at the scene, but the guitars, piano and recording equipment arrayed around the furniture spark joy for the multi-instrumentalist. Sarah Rodman,, "Hunter Hayes heads to the 'Wild Blue' on surprise new album," 16 Aug. 2019 And while a gripping instrumentalist, his solo readings of Hammerstein, Jobim and Porter are exceptional for involving lyrics. oregonlive, "Live music in Portland: 25 January concerts you won’t want to miss," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of instrumentalist

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Instrumentalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of instrumentalist

: a person who plays a musical instrument

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