Definition of violist in US English:

violist

noun

  • 1A viola player.

    • ‘If I were a violist I would definitely want this to be in the regular repertoire.’
    • ‘The author discusses how all musicians need to pull things together in a methodical way, as good violists do in an orchestra.’
    • ‘British composers were especially lucky in their clarinetists, oboists, horn players, and violists.’
    • ‘Most violists simply don't take the spotlight like this.’
    • ‘In the United States, Hungarian Slovak Gypsies, mostly violists, have played popular Hungarian music at immigrant weddings.’
    • ‘Paul Hindemith was a musical polymath - composer, conductor, violist, educator, and musicologist.’
    • ‘An accomplished violist and violinist, he enjoys playing chamber music and composing.’
    • ‘Sorry to hear about your back pain, which is not of course unknown among cellists (and probably even worse among violinists and violists, given the bizarre way they hold their instruments of torture.)’
    • ‘I'll bet he even makes viola jokes (most violists do, in self-defence).’
    • ‘Five cellists, twelve violinists, five violists, and two bassists.’
    • ‘Even so, at a party last night, I mentioned it to the quartet's shy violist, so that he might look into it.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the adagio presents the violist and pianist with a tour de force: fourteen minutes of slow playing at a dynamic range restricted mostly to soft.’
    • ‘I am a female clarinet player with a secret passion for a violist in my orchestra.’
    • ‘His tone on the viola is satisfyingly rich and rounded, surely the envy of many a lifelong violist.’
    • ‘The violist and the orchestra share the concerto's sound-world with a string quartet, tuned a quarter-tone lower - a darker ‘second dimension,’ in the words of the composer.’
    • ‘It is an unfunny fact that last-desk violists - placed immediately before the trumpets - have been proven to suffer noise levels and hearing loss more usually associated with wielders of electric drills and road-cutting equipment.’
    • ‘We play chamber music with a couple of friends - he, poor fellow, a mere violist like yourself, she a cello player.’
    • ‘In chamber music, if the violist is sub-standard, you pack up and go home.’
    • ‘As the composer explained to the violist for whom this sonata was created, ‘the first movement is a novella, the second is a scherzo, and the finale is an adagio in memory of Beethoven.’’
  • 2A viol player.

    • ‘He employed five violists, two keyboard players, a consort of singers, and he had at least four organs at the time of his death in 1612.’
    • ‘Young Alfonso was accepted at court in his turn, a singer, lutenist and violist.’

Pronunciation

violist

/ˈvīələst//ˈvaɪələst/