noun, plural vir·tu·o·sos, vir·tu·o·si [vur-choo-oh-see] /ˌvɜr tʃuˈoʊ si/.

  1. a person who has special knowledge or skill in a field.
  2. a person who excels in musical technique or execution.
  3. a person who has a cultivated appreciation of artistic excellence, as a connoisseur or collector of objects of art, antiques, etc.
  4. Obsolete. a person who has special interest or knowledge in the arts and sciences; scientist; scholar.


  1. Also vir·tu·os·ic [vur-choo-os-ik] /ˌvɜr tʃuˈɒs ɪk/. of, relating to, or characteristic of a virtuoso: a virtuoso performance.

noun plural -sos or -si (-siː)

  1. a consummate master of musical technique and artistry
  2. a person who has a masterly or dazzling skill or technique in any field of activity
  3. a connoisseur, dilettante, or collector of art objects
  4. obsolete a scholar or savant
  5. (modifier) showing masterly skill or brilliancea virtuoso performance

1610s, “scholar, connoisseur,” from Italian virtuoso (plural virtuosi), noun use of adjective meaning “skilled, learned, of exceptional worth,” from Late Latin virtuosus (see virtuous). Meaning “person with great skill” (as in music) is first attested 1743.

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