piano player

noun

Definition of piano player

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 DuftyLady Sings the Blues1956
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 Magazine22 May 1955

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First Known Use of piano player

1808


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