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 Mellon is the only Black instrumentalist in the orchestra’s roster of 75 players. Elizabeth Nonemaker,, "Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s roster of 75 includes just one Black musician. Critics say BSO must do better.," 17 Dec. 2020 Fiddle player Brittany Haas won the award for instrumentalist of the year. Paul Grein, Billboard, "The Highwomen, John Prine & More Winners of the 2020 Americana Honors & Awards," 15 Dec. 2020 Elena Lacayo, a bilingual singer-songwriter and instrumentalist outside her home in Washington’s Petworth neighborhood on May 19. Oliver Contreras, Washington Post, "Out of tune," 1 Oct. 2020 Kivel’s firm hires dozens of artists and instrumentalists and had booked around 200 weddings and events for the spring high season. Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus canceled wedding season. So what’s a wedding singer to do?," 28 Apr. 2020 Diaz, born in Katy, is an American signer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events for the week beginning Jan. 15," 15 Jan. 2020 Sharing the bill is Connecticut multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and arranger, Jim Mercik, a founding member of The Road Birds and the Congo Square Ramblers., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 4 Nov. 2019 These cancellations come at an especially bad time for many musicians. Because of Easter, April is a peak month for singers and instrumentalists who perform in churches. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Gig jobs and supermarkets: Freelance classical musicians in D-FW seek other ways to stay afloat," 6 Apr. 2020 After getting together with Fruit Bats guitarist Eric D. Johnson and multi-instrumentalist/producer Josh Kaufman, Bonny Light Horseman was born. Jason W. Lloren,, "Bay Briefing: Are Facebook and Twitter helping or hurting justice?," 21 Jan. 2020

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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 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of instrumentalist

: a person who plays a musical instrument

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