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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Other Words from instrumentalist

instrumentalist adjective

Synonyms for instrumentalist


musician, player

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Examples of instrumentalist in a Sentence

he excels as a conductor, a composer, and as an instrumentalist

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The music made by these singers and instrumentalists had always been pushed to the margins of American society, almost never allowed into such a temple of high culture. John Edward Hasse, WSJ, "The Concert That Changed Music History," 24 Dec. 2018 That recorder breakdown doubles as a reminder that, for all their silliness, McKenzie and Clement have always been talented multi-instrumentalists with a keen ear for genre- and era-specific sounds. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "4 new TV shows to try, from Halloween horror to the Flight of the Conchords," 5 Oct. 2018 The sound itself gleamed, with the individual contributions of each instrumentalist remarkably clear. Greg Kot,, "Radiohead keeps things volatile at United Center," 7 July 2018 Grammy voters will more than likely be charmed by an act with huge commercial appeal, an amazing live act, top-notch songwriting capabilities, a multi-instrumentalist — who hails from Hawaii. Mesfin Fekadu And Nekesa Mumbi Moody, sacbee, "Who will win Grammys? Let’s take a close look | The Sacramento Bee," 24 Jan. 2018 Chicago vocalist Petra van Nuis and instrumentalists cast a spotlight on early jazz and vintage swing repertoire not often heard elsewhere. 9 p.m. Monday at the Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway; $8; 773-878-5552 or Howard Reich,, "From Goines to Freeman, a jazzy holiday weekend," 21 May 2018 From Here) at this year’s ceremony, along with instrumentalists Moses Sumney, Casey Foubert and James McAlister. Call Me By Your Name is nominated for a slew of Oscars, including best picture. Nina Braca, Billboard, "Sufjan Stevens Will Be Joined by St. Vincent & Chris Thile for 'Mystery of Love' Oscars Performance," 2 Mar. 2018 For nearly 20 years multi-instrumentalist Scott Hirsch has quietly sculpted rich landscapes of expansive Americana in San Francisco’s the Court and Spark. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "After decades playing in the Court and Spark and Hiss Golden Messenger, Scott Hirsch turns front man," 8 Mar. 2018 Keyboardist Geoff Downes, vocalist Jon Davison and multi-instrumentalist Billy Sherwood round out the lineup that’s slated to play two sets of Yes classics on Sunday. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 10. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "KC concerts June 7-13: Dierks Bentley, David Byrne, Yes, Ledisi, John Butler Trio," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of instrumentalist

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of instrumentalist

: a person who plays a musical instrument

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