from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who performs or carries out, especially a skilled performer: The dancer is the choreographer's executant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who executes a dance or piece of music; a performer

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who executes or performs; esp., a performer on a musical instrument.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who executes or performs; specifically, in music, a performer, whether vocal or instrumental.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a performer (usually of musical works)


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  • Christmas were somewhat as follows: From the manor-house ten shillings and a supper; from the vicar ten shillings; from the farmers five shillings each; from each cottage-household one shilling; amounting altogether to not more than ten shillings a head annually — just enough, as an old executant told me, to pay for their fiddle-strings, repairs, rosin, and music-paper

    Under the Greenwood Tree

  • Archbishop of Canterbury, is transformed, as if by irreverent enchantment of the dissenting interest, into A Favourite Terrier, or Cattle Grazing; and the most extraordinary work of art in the list described by the Bleater, is coolly sponged out altogether, and asserted never to have had existence at all, even in the most shadow thoughts of its executant!

    Contributions to All the Year Round

  • The whole introduction, in his opinion, was an effort on the part of the general to depreciate the work of others and to portray himself as the sole designer and executant of the Manassas triumph.

    Lee’s Lieutenants

  • It is quite evident that he had no notion of the exquisite enjoyment derivable from being an executant in a quartette, the conversational powers of which have been so frequently noticed.

    The Violin Its Famous Makers and Their Imitators

  • Pierre Gavinies claims attention both as an executant and composer.

    The Violin Its Famous Makers and Their Imitators

  • Cadenzas are usually left to the improvisation of the performer, but are sometimes written in full by the composer, or by some famous executant, as in the cadenza in Brahms's

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"

  • MOZART was carefully trained by his father, and at the age of four was a finished executant.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 29, 1914

  • It required only that its executant should be without bowels of compassion.

    Heart of the Blue Ridge

  • At its worst, however, it is a practical demonstration of the fact that the executant, vocal or instrumental, has completely mastered the mechanical elements of his profession; that, to use the

    Style in Singing

  • By the faint stress laid on the foreign tone, the listener is assured that the executant is not deviating from the true pitch.

    Style in Singing


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