virtuoso
[ vur-choo-oh-soh ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
early 17th century; Italian; literally "learned, skillful," from late Latin virtuosus
Synonyms
    1.
  • musician
    2.
  • prodigy ace superstar hotshot
Antonyms
    1.
  • amatuer
    2.
  • amatuer rookie greenhorn
Definition
1. a person who excels in musical technique or execution
2. a person who has special knowledge or skill in a field
Examples
1. A) I got you a virtuoso violin player for first chair to replace him in the orchestra. B) She's well on her way to becoming a virtuoso, so long as she keeps up with her practice.
2. A) She's such a virtuoso coder, I'd be shocked if that laptop remained locked by the end of the day. B) I've spent the last 3 years becoming a virtuoso in literary critique so I could take over the column for the paper.
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