Definition of virtuoso in English:

virtuoso

Line breaks: vir¦tu|oso
Pronunciation: /ˌvəːtjʊˈəʊzəʊ
 
, -səʊ/

noun (plural virtuosi /-si/ or virtuosos)

  • 2A person with a special knowledge of or interest in works of art or curios.
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    • Bourgeois collectors began to play a part, and Mancini's treatise Considerazioni sulla pittura, addressed to the gentleman amateur, advised virtuosi on how to form a collection of paintings.
    • Yet proverbs were objects of curiosity, collected on an encyclopedic scale by Italian virtuosi as well as other European scholars throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
    • A wonderfully fluent technician, who moved in virtuosi circles, Lely recorded the worlds of politics and fashion alike, and sometimes revealed undoubted powers of character penetration.

Derivatives

virtuosic

Pronunciation: /-ˈɒsɪk/
adjective
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  • Quite simply, Miles was looking for a ‘blacker’ sound, for a less self-conscious and virtuosic approach than Coltrane's.
  • The symphony explores the extremes of virtuosic exertion, the limits of human endurance reaching for the impossible - so thrilling and satisfying to perform and listen to.
  • These recordings of Coleman's inspired, deeply expressive and virtuosic playing are what kept Irish traditional music alive in the early 20th century.

Origin

early 17th century: from Italian, literally 'learned, skilful', from late Latin virtuosus (see virtuous).

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