or·​gan·​ist | \ ˈȯr-gə-nist How to pronounce organist (audio) \

Definition of organist

: a person who plays the organ

Examples of organist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a teenaged church organist in New York City, then on the road accompanying evangelist singers. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 June 2022 Perched at the very top of the Garden, on a ledge overlooking the ice, is the organist for the Rangers, Ray Castoldi. Millie Von Platen, The New Yorker, 11 June 2022 Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant (1917) and The Kid (1921) play at the Orpheum starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, accompanied live by renowned silent film organist Clark Wilson on the theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 May 2022 Mendelssohn insisted the tune should never be used for religious purposes, Gant said, but 15 years later, William Cummings, a British organist, took the melody and added words from a Methodist hymn. Alex Marshall, New York Times, 23 Dec. 2021 In its nascency, entrance music was produced live by the house organist. David M. Zimmer, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 Other figures come to equally vivid life, such as former Sox manager Chuck Tanner; Nancy Faust, the team’s inventive organist; owner Bill Veeck, of course; and executive Roland Hemond. Rick Kogan,, 15 Mar. 2022 You might be treated to live music from Earl, who was the longtime organist at First Christian Church and now plays during church services in Medina. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 12 Mar. 2022 That’s how Josh Kantor, a talented musician who is the organist for the Boston Red Sox but also plays with Wilco and other bands, ended up hauling his accordion onto the Pearl. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of organist

1548, in the meaning defined above

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“Organist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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or·​gan·​ist | \ ˈȯr-gə-nist How to pronounce organist (audio) \

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: a person who plays an organ

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