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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Whelchel, a piano teacher and church organist from Spring Hill, won four games beginning in February 2022. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 31 Oct. 2022 Born in Chicago on Oct. 17, 1917, Marcia Virginia Hunt was the daughter of Earl Hunt, a lawyer and insurance executive, and Minabel Hunt, a voice teacher and organist. Steve Chawkinswriter, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2022 On Wednesday night, a church organist played the Nimrod Variation (Elgar) in the Queen’s honor. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 16 Sep. 2022 Puzzled and shaken, Mary proceeds with her plans to move to Salt Lake City, where she's been invited to be the new organist at a local church. Sezin Koehler,, 16 Sep. 2022 Lee, a church organist, and Stuart Franklin Lee, a gas station owner who fled to another state after robbing a bottling plant when his son was 2. New York Times, 29 July 2022 As a renowned organist who serves on juries at international competitions and teaches masterclasses at universities around the world, Ramirez has witnessed many women win prizes, earn praise, and then hit a wall. Beth Woodcontributor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 June 2022 Simon Preston, an organist, conductor and composer who was an instrumentalist of consummate, intelligent virtuosity and a force in the early-music movement, died on May 13. New York Times, 23 May 2022 Also: Don’t put the organist and chorister on the spot, blogger pleads. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 July 2022 See More

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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 6 Dec. 2022.

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

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