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Virtuoso definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

VIRTUO'SO, n. A man skilled in the fine arts, particularly in music; or a man skilled in antiquities, curiosities and the like.
Virtuoso the Italians call a man who loves the nobel arts, and is a critic in them.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: having or revealing supreme mastery or skill; "a consummate artist"; "consummate skill"; "a masterful speaker"; "masterful technique"; "a masterly performance of the sonata"; "a virtuoso performance" [syn: consummate, masterful, masterly, virtuoso] n
1: someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field [syn: ace, adept, champion, sensation, maven, mavin, virtuoso, genius, hotshot, star, superstar, whiz, whizz, wizard, wiz]
2: a musician who is a consummate master of technique and artistry

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -sos or virtuosi) Etymology: Italian, from virtuoso, adjective, virtuous, skilled, from Late Latin virtuosus virtuous, from Latin virtus Date: 1651 1. an experimenter or investigator especially in the arts and sciences ; savant 2. one skilled in or having a taste for the fine arts 3. one who excels in the technique of an art; especially a highly skilled musical performer (as on the violin) 4. a person who has great skill at some endeavor <a computer virtuoso> <a virtuoso at public relations> virtuosic adjective virtuoso adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. virtuosi or -os) 1 a a person highly skilled in the technique of a fine art, esp. music. b (attrib.) displaying the skills of a virtuoso. 2 a person with a special knowledge of or taste for works of art or virtu. Derivatives: virtuosic adj. virtuosity n. virtuosoship n. Etymology: It., = learned, skilful, f. LL (as VIRTUOUS)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Virtuoso Vir`tu*o"so, n.; pl. Virtuosos; It. Virtuosi. [It. See Virtuous.] 1. One devoted to virtu; one skilled in the fine arts, in antiquities, and the like; a collector or ardent admirer of curiosities, etc. Virtuoso the Italians call a man who loves the noble arts, and is a critic in them. --Dryden. 2. (Mus.) A performer on some instrument, as the violin or the piano, who excels in the technical part of his art; a brilliant concert player.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(virtuosos, or virtuosi) 1. A virtuoso is someone who is extremely good at something, especially at playing a musical instrument. He was gaining a reputation as a remarkable virtuoso. N-COUNT 2. A virtuoso performance or display shows great skill. England's football fans were hoping for a virtuoso performance against Cameroon. ADJ: ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. [It.] 1. Connoisseur, amateur, dilettante, man devoted to virtu, person skilled in the fine arts. 2. Collector of curiosities, curioso.

Moby Thesaurus

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