Definition of flautist in US English:



  • A flute player.

    • ‘Will she say that the flautist is playing pianissimo instead of piano?’
    • ‘Apart from out-of-tune instruments, late flautists was what Yvette hated the most.’
    • ‘A cello player and a flautist play some unobtrusive melody near the back of the living room; hands are shaken while knowing looks are exchanged.’
    • ‘I'm more of a flautist than a pianist, but I still love to play when I get the chance.’
    • ‘Kate, 16, was a promising musician who dreamt of becoming a professional flautist.’
    • ‘I hope the brilliant tuba player, who tragically left us far too soon and the talented flautist, who shared the same lens on music and language, are organising many celestial, music festivals!’
    • ‘Not just a gifted flautist and sax player but one damn fine stilt performer, Greg can regularly be found plying his trade in the metro when he's got no other work.’
    • ‘Mozart's First and Second Flute Concertos stem from a commission from an amateur flautist.’
    • ‘‘I am, as you know, always reluctant if I have to write for an instrument I can't stand’ was Mozart's excuse to his father for not fulfilling a lucrative commission for an amateur flautist.’
    • ‘Born in 1847, Andersen is considered one of the finest flutists of the late 19th century with his 188 études practically the core of every flautist's repertoire.’
    • ‘He was himself the son of a first flautist in the local orchestra of Marseilles.’
    • ‘He received his early musical education from his father, a flautist and viola player, and was later taught by Attwood, Crotch, and others.’
    • ‘The orchestra comprised two vocalists, a violinist, a flautist, a sitar player, and a percussionist.’
    • ‘There are plenty of male flautists and female trumpet players, and members teach each other, encouraging inclusion and participation.’
    • ‘The group has a wide repertoire and is led by Carol Green, a music teacher, choir trainer and flautist.’
    • ‘I was a really good rugby union player and a decent flautist - yeah, I know, a bit odd.’
    • ‘You know, having sufficient numbers of flautists around sort of satisfies a kind of dream of mine to form an entirely new generation all performing various music.’
    • ‘Tom divulges, ‘He's a flautist and the show is essentially him playing his flutes and talking about them.’’
    • ‘I admired them all a great deal, but would perhaps have picked the flautist on points myself.’
    • ‘I am a professional flautist and I have a friend who I like very much.’
    • ‘The shapers can also record and change the music of other players, such as flautists, clarinettists and oboists.’
    • ‘He rapidly acquired a reputation as an accomplished flautist, whilst at the same time producing his first important compositions.’
    • ‘The flautist in the second movement is also darker, more with an almost reedy quality to the playing.’
    • ‘Is it easy to be one of the best six among 50 flautists in the competition?’
    • ‘A flute just always sounds flutey, no matter how exquisitely it is phrased, or how cleverly the flautist manages the dynamics.’
    • ‘All young whistlers, flautists, fiddlers and other musicians are invited to play a few tunes in what should be an informal and uncompetitive setting.’
    • ‘Professional woodwind players such as flautists, clarinettists, oboists are in general more skilled in this regard than violinists, pianists and accordion players.’
    • ‘For this, the three brilliant flautists will use bass flute or piccolo and also bamboo flute from Vietnam or ebony flute.’
    • ‘Bands of that era also featured great pianists, bassists, trumpeters, flautists, violinists, and occasional saxophonists.’
    • ‘Oh, the percussionist also played a whistle (you know, like a ref's whistle) and in the final movement the pianist and flautist played plastic wood blocks.’
    • ‘More ambitious compositions include a male flautist and a seated harper.’
    • ‘A troupe of Chippenham flautists took their musical talents to twin town La Fleche in France.’
    • ‘Quasi-classical themes are played without complacency, and the flautist tosses in musical genres of all types, though still managing to stay true to the mood of the songs.’
    • ‘The flautist had four different flutes, from a piccolo to a bass flute with a curly bell at the end.’
    • ‘At the same time, the piano on stage remains static, but a flautist - say - can move around!’
    • ‘Yet here in the concert hall, though it was well enough played, that famous ‘tingle factor’ just wasn't quite there; this despite some ravishing playing from the principal flautist.’
    • ‘His sensuous music is so full of charm and nostalgic poignancy that I feel it deserves to be heard by a wider musical community than just by flautists.’


Mid 19th century (superseding 17th-century flutist in British English use): from Italian flautista, from flauto ‘flute’.