per·​cus·​sion·​ist pər-ˈkə-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce percussionist (audio)
: one skilled in the playing of percussion instruments

Examples of percussionist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Currently, Jones is a tenured principal percussionist for the Grant Park Orchestra, which plays during the summer season. Rayna Reid Rayford, Essence, 6 June 2024 The principal percussionist of the CSO since 2007, Yeh is the cool head keeping things in time in the back of the ensemble, but her presence is commanding both in and out of the limelight. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 31 May 2024 Every night, belly dancers, contortionists and percussionists will perform throughout the dining room. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 21 May 2024 On the two occasions when percussionists played the balcony bells by grabbing the ribbons, audience heads shifted upward in wonder at this sound from an unusual place. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 18 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for percussionist 

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First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of percussionist was in 1938

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“Percussionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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per·​cus·​sion·​ist pər-ˈkəsh-(ə-)nəst How to pronounce percussionist (audio)
: a person who plays percussion instruments

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