Definition of virtuoso in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌvərCHəˈwōsō/

noun (plural virtuosi /-sē/ or virtuosos)

1A person highly skilled in music or another artistic pursuit: a celebrated clarinet virtuoso [as modifier]: virtuoso guitar playing
More example sentences
  • Walker began his musical career as a virtuoso pianist, with composing and teaching work coming later.
  • Johan becomes a virtuoso of classical music, a driving force who cannot be ignored.
  • It also excludes music for virtuoso display in the large concert hall, even though only a few instruments may be involved.
genius, expert, master, past master, maestro, artist, prodigy, marvel, adept, professional, doyen, veteran;
star, champion
informal hotshot, wizard, magician, pro, ace
skillful, expert, accomplished, masterly, master, consummate, proficient, talented, gifted, adept, good, capable;
impressive, outstanding, exceptional, magnificent, supreme, first-rate, stellar, brilliant, excellent
informal superb, mean, ace
1.1A person with a special knowledge of or interest in works of art or curios.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˌvərCHo͞oˈäsik/
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with virtuoso

arioso, bozo, Gozo, mafioso

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Syllabification: vir·tu·o·so

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