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
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First Known Use of instrumentalist

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

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“Instrumentalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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