One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who plays the cello.‘a cellist for a symphony orchestra’
- ‘In January 1786, Boccherini had become court composer to the future king of Prussia, a good cellist.’
- ‘It was Pete, a cellist who played in the original baroque style on a handmade replica of a Stradivarius.’
- ‘At one point, the cellist is required to play a passage involving all four color effects simultaneously.’
- ‘Now the irrepressible cellist has ventured out on the longest limb yet, embracing musical multiculturalism on an unprecedented scale.’
- ‘Born in 1896 in St. Petersburg, he was trained not only as a physicist but also as a cellist.’
Late 19th century: from cello + -ist.
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