From madrigal + -ist.
Variant of madrigal
- a short poem, usually a love poem, which can be set to music
- an often contrapuntal song with parts for several voices singing without accompaniment, popular in the 15th, 16th, and 17th cent.
- loosely any song, esp. a part song
Origin of madrigalItalian madrigale ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps