flutist


noun

  1. a flute player.

noun

  1. mainly US and Canadian a variant of flautist
n.

c.1600, probably from French flûtiste; replaced Middle English flouter (early 13c., from Old French flauteor) and is preferred in U.S. The British preference is flautist (q.v.), a Continental reborrowing that returns the original diphthong.

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