or·​gan·​ist ˈȯr-gə-nist How to pronounce organist (audio)
: a person who plays the organ

Examples of organist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since rising to prominence in the early 1990s as the oh-so-funky keyboardist for former James Brown sax great Maceo Parker, Goldings has become one of the most versatile and in-demand organists and pianists around. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Mar. 2024 His father, Wolfgang Reimann, was an organist and director of the Berlin State and Cathedral Choir. A.j. Goldmann, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2024 The organist will be Kurt Knecht, the organist for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Patrick Neas, Kansas City Star, 1 Mar. 2024 The story blends supernatural horror with a twist reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, following a church organist (Candace Hilligoss) whose cross-country road trip after a fateful car accident is beset with ghostly horror. Katie Rife,, 12 Mar. 2024 The roster includes jazz pianist Susan Muscarella, organist Sundra Manning and boogie-woogie pianist Wendy DeWitt, as well as vocalists Benin, Tammi Brown, and Nikita Germaine. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, 27 Feb. 2024 While working on his bachelor’s degree, he got hired as organist and choirmaster for Westminster Presbyterian Church and its roughly 2,000-member congregation in nearby Greensboro, and after graduating moved to the Gate City full-time. Théoden Janes, Charlotte Observer, 9 Feb. 2024 Classical film selections with music by the Boise Phil and Ben Model, organist. Michelle Jenkins, Idaho Statesman, 25 Jan. 2024 Upcoming highlights include trumpeters Mathew Baker and Michael Harper with organist Jinsun Cho performing works by Bizet, Turrin and Bach (Jan. 9); and the Tiger Lily Trio playing a program of works for trio by living female composers (Jan. 16). Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of organist was in 1548

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“Organist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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or·​gan·​ist ˈȯr-gə-nəst How to pronounce organist (audio)
: one who plays an organ

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