pi·​a·​nist | \ pē-ˈa-nist How to pronounce pianist (audio) , ˈpē-ə- How to pronounce pianist (audio) \

Definition of pianist

: a person who plays the piano especially : a skilled or professional performer on the piano

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Recent Examples on the Web Fluent in French and German, a skilled pianist and artist, who had been elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, he was worshipped by his youngest child. Andrew Lownie, Town & Country, 7 Sep. 2021 Two seconds ago, Martha Argerich, out of Argentina, was the hot young pianist — a pin-up and an artist, both. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 27 Aug. 2021 Watch the video above to see Whittaker share the good news with the unsuspecting pianist. Sarah Scanlan, USA TODAY, 22 July 2021 Featuring music by Jazz composer and pianist Jason Moran, the 20-minute piece stars eight dancers from Lines’ full company of 12. Ariana Marsh, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 July 2021 His grandmother, Gloria Ali, was a pianist and cabaret singer in Harlem in the 1950s. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Apr. 2021 Joining the saxophonist on the new album is pianist Jason Moran. Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone, 24 Mar. 2021 In the decades after the Brubeck quartet broke up, Mr. Wright played with the pianist Monty Alexander’s trio and worked on soundtracks for film and television studios. New York Times, 8 Jan. 2021 Alma had wanted to be a pianist, but life intervened. Lisa Rosen, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of pianist

1817, in the meaning defined above

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“Pianist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pianist. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pianist

: a person who plays the piano


pi·​a·​nist | \ pē-ˈa-nist How to pronounce pianist (audio) , ˈpē-ə-nist \

Kids Definition of pianist

: a person who plays the piano


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