Virtuoso is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of virtuoso, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - having or revealing supreme mastery or skill
EXAMPLES - Virtuoso in a Sentence
- Park Chan-wook] is some kind of virtuoso, but so what? (source)
- Rosas becomes a violin virtuoso and a prolific composer. (source)
- As I see it 'virtuoso' is a kind of flattering title, no more. (source)
- At 45, Meyer has been called a virtuoso, an original, a genius. (source)
- Flight of fancy: The paper airplane 'virtuoso' attempts to break (source)
- A renowned "virtuoso" had arrived, and was thundering on the piano. (source)
- Delaying one moment, to set the "virtuoso" thundering once more, Lady (source)
- Any kind of virtuoso singing or opera is simply out of the question though ... (source)
- AP: So, what's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word "virtuoso"? (source)
- MR. LANGER: Yeah, Kaki King is - she's best known as a virtuoso, as a guitar virtuoso. (source)
- Now, how often do we hear the violin virtuoso saying that his mother made him practice? (source)
- Both schools attempt to make the player a virtuoso, which is apparently all that matters. (source)
- Today she's being called a virtuoso after a rare and unpublicized performance on the piano. (source)
- Johann Sebastian Bach was better known as a virtuoso organist than as a composer in his day. (source)
- This is a composition that belongs to what Clementi later referred to as his initial 'virtuoso' phase. (source)
- Cellini uses the word virtuoso in many senses, but always more with reference to intellectual than moral qualities. (source)
- I don't know if we've ever had a male singer on this show with the kind of virtuoso skill that you have, "says Zack. (source)
- Scott took his own way to become a "virtuoso"; a rather queer way it must sometimes have seemed to his good preceptors. (source)
- I don't use the word "virtuoso" lightly but, after browsing the Flickr portfolios of N.C. Mallory, no other word seems adequate. (source)
- Segerstrom will also host German violin virtuoso Julia Fischer on the 12th and Les Violins du Roy in a Baroque program on the 20th. (source)
- Mr. Zoller played like a true virtuoso, that is to say, without intellect and without soul; he did not make music, only artistic tones. (source)
- After an opening day tour, Baer described Melendez as a "virtuoso" craftsman who "created and cornered the market" on still lifes in his age. (source)
- They may be adept at playing the instrument of consumer financial protection, but they aren't the virtuoso Ms. Warren has proven herself to be. (source)
- A lot of the political wags in attendance, including myself, thought Fenty turned in a virtuoso performance and that Gray was much too pie-in-the-sky. (source)
- The two-dimensional replication of Air Force One in the Sellars production recalls virtuoso pop artist Roy Lichenstein's cartoon-derived fighter planes. (source)
- But, in a twist of fate that might just launch the career of an unwitting bass virtuoso, a single "r" left off the link sent the user to the following youtube video. (source)
- Floyd Mayweather Jr. put on a virtuoso display of boxing skill in an unanimous decision over Sugar Shane Mosley on Saturday night, keeping ... boxing | Comment | Recommend (source)
- It's ambitious - Rubin refers to guitarist Nathan Howdeshell as a "virtuoso" - but crucially it still sounds like a Gossip record, albeit one made with time, care and money. (source)
- Benny Carter (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- One of the most influential arrangers, composers, orchestra leaders and instrumentalists in American music, Carter is best known as a virtuoso alto saxophonist. (source)
- Mr. Hamelin finds the word "virtuoso," which is invariably applied to his playing, a somewhat derogatory descriptive that implies mere showmanship, he said during a recent interview in a practice room at Mannes. (source)
- You had to have a lot of opposition because playing anything with a kind of virtuoso-like vibe and then mixing it with rock 'n' roll, it's the kind of ... you know, people had to say to you, 'What are you doing?' (source)
- And if audience members heard him at a Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic concert - as they did Friday night at the Mellow Theater in Scranton - they'd applaud wildly and understand why he's known as a virtuoso trumpeter. (source)
- The plight of the younger brother or sister of a phenom, virtuoso or genius has helped me develop empathy for these young people as they attempt to navigate the college selection process within the shadow of perceived greatness. (source)
- On this occasion, virtuoso oboist Anne Marie Gabriele also joined in, as well as the Lyris String Quartet (Alyssa Park and Shalini Vijayan, violins; Luke Maurer, viola; and Timothy Loo, cello) in their series debut as an ensemble. (source)
- The British team, currently playing sYnck for the Extreme Masters qualifier, started the game against the Estonian side under the name virtuoso, and speculation suggesting that 4Kings had parted ways with the team immediately surfaced. (source)
- Vocalist Kylie Auldist's work on this album could truly be described as virtuoso, with tracks such as first single On The Sly, huge live number The Ghost, and the hard-hitting track Keep Me In Mind, that sees Kylie delivering possibly her best ever recorded vocal performance. (source)
- Scott had read everything he could lay his hands on while he was still a child, and boasted himself a virtuoso, that is, according to his explanation, at six years old, "one who wishes and will know everything;" but his boyish tastes and triumphs became more and more athletic as he gained a firmer use of his bodily powers. (source)
- The engagement was brief and fierce, characterized by a virtuoso set of evasive maneuvers by the Enterprise's helmsman, and the dogged, never-say-die pursuit of Cuirass; but in the end virtuosity was not enough to save the Federation ship, one of whose engines overloaded during a particularly high-power turn-and-fire maneuver. (source)
- As far as musicianship goes, we can draw some telling comparisons with the aforementioned Fab Four e.g. apart from possibly Brian May, no-one in Queen or the Beatles would ever come close to be being described as a virtuoso but both bands also had three brilliant songwriters, one brilliant singer and one very ordinary drummer who sang all the crap songs. (source)
- Clementi seemed to acknowledge that Mozart's excoriation of his early 'virtuoso' manner was not entirely unjust; according to Berger, Clementi recalled that 'in his earlier period he had taken particular delight in brilliant feats of technical proficiency, especially in those passages in double notes that were not common before his time, and in improvised cadenzas. (source)
- Princess Sophia and the Elector's son, giving them to understand that I was what he was pleased to call a virtuoso in music; he obliged me with instructions for my conduct and behaviour during my residence at Hanover; and being called from the city to attend to matters of a public concern, he left me in possession of that favour and patronage which himself had enjoyed for a series of years. " (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 55.0, which suggests that "virtuoso" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 33 synonyms for virtuoso.
ace, adept, artist, artiste, authority, big league, brain, celebrity, champ, champion, crackerjack, dillettante, egghead, genius, hot stuff, hotshot, intelligent, magician, musician, natural, no slouch, old hand, old pro, performer, pro, prodigy, professional, pundit, sharp, star, superstar, whiz, wizard
We have 5 antonyms for virtuoso.
amateur, greenhorn, ignoramus, imbecile, rookie
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (vûrˌcho͞o-ōˈsō, -zō)
View up to 25 definitions of virtuoso from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A musician with masterly ability, technique, or personal style.
- (noun) A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.
- (noun) A person with a strong interest in the fine arts, especially in antiquities.
- (noun) Archaic A very learned person.
- (adjective) Exhibiting the ability, technique, or personal style of a virtuoso: a virtuoso performance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A person (especially a musician) with masterly ability, technique, or personal style
- (adjective) Exhibiting the ability of a virtuoso
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) One devoted to virtu; one skilled in the fine arts, in antiquities, and the like; a collector or ardent admirer of curiosities, etc.
- (noun) A performer on some instrument, as the violin or the piano, who excels in the technical part of his art; a brilliant concert player.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) An experimental philosopher; a student of things by direct observation.
- (noun) One who has an instructed appreciation of artistic excellence; a person skilled in or having a critical taste for any of the elegant arts, as painting, sculpture, etc.; one having special knowledge or skill in antiquities, curiosities, and the like.
- (noun) One who is a master of the mechanical part of a fine art, especially music, and who makes display of his dexterity. See virtuosity, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) having or revealing supreme mastery or skill
- (noun) a musician who is a consummate master of technique and artistry
- (noun) someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field