from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A musician with masterly ability, technique, or personal style.
- n. A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.
- n. A person with a strong interest in the fine arts, especially in antiquities.
- n. Archaic A very learned person.
- adj. Exhibiting the ability, technique, or personal style of a virtuoso: a virtuoso performance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person (especially a musician) with masterly ability, technique, or personal style
- adj. Exhibiting the ability of a virtuoso
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One devoted to virtu; one skilled in the fine arts, in antiquities, and the like; a collector or ardent admirer of curiosities, etc.
- n. 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
- n. An experimental philosopher; a student of things by direct observation.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- adj. having or revealing supreme mastery or skill
- n. a musician who is a consummate master of technique and artistry
- n. someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
Italian, skilled, of great worth, virtuoso, from Late Latin virtuōsus, virtuous, from Latin virtūs, excellence; see virtue.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian, from Late Latin virtuosus, "virtuous", from Latin virtus, "excellence". (Wiktionary)