piano player


Definition of piano player

  1. 1 :  pianist After I’d made five or six bucks in tips, I’d split with the piano player and give the rest to Mom to hold. — Billie Holiday with William Dufty, Lady Sings the Blues, 1956

  2. 2 :  a 19th-century mechanism for playing a piano that is either built into the piano or housed in a movable cabinet positioned in front of the piano and that uses a set of fingerlike levers activated by a piano roll to depress the keys … an habitué of Lindy’s, Hanson’s Drugstore and a number of small, dark caves with piano players in them … — New York Times Magazine, 22 May 1955

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