Definition of cellist in US English:

cellist

noun

  • 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.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from cello + -ist.

Pronunciation

cellist

/ˈCHeləst//ˈtʃɛləst/