flautist, flutist
Flutist is the older term (17c) for a player of the flute, and is still preferred in AmE. Flautist was adapted from the Italian word flautista in 1860, and is now the more usual form in BrE.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Flutist — Flut ist, n. [Cf. F. fl[^u]tiste.] A performer on the flute; a flautist. Busby. [1913 Webster] 2. To move with quick vibrations or undulations; as, a sail flutters in the wind; a fluttering fan. [1913 Webster] 3. To move about briskly,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flutist — c.1600, probably from Fr. flûtiste; replaced M.E. flouter (early 13c., from O.Fr. flauteor) and is preferred in U.S. The British preference is FLAUTIST (Cf. flautist) (q.v.), a Continental reborrowing that returns the original diphthong …   Etymology dictionary

  • flutist — ► NOUN US ▪ a flute player. ORIGIN Italian flautista, from flauto flute …   English terms dictionary

  • flutist — [flo͞ot′ist] n. a person who plays the flute; flautist …   English World dictionary

  • flutist — UK [ˈfluːtɪst] / US [ˈflutɪst] noun [countable] Word forms flutist : singular flutist plural flutists American a flautist …   English dictionary

  • flutist — flut|ist [ flutıst ] noun count AMERICAN see FLUTE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • flutist — [[t]flu͟ːtɪst[/t]] flutists N COUNT A flutist is someone who plays the flute. [AM] (in BRIT, use flautist) …   English dictionary

  • flutist — noun Date: 1603 one who plays a flute …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • flutist — /flooh tist/, n. a flute player. Also, flautist. [1595 1605; FLUTE + IST; see FLAUTIST] * * * …   Universalium

  • flutist — noun One who plays the flute. Syn: flautist …   Wiktionary

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