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-ist

noun suffix

Definition of -ist

  1. 1 a :  one that performs a (specified) action <cyclist> :  one that makes or produces a (specified) thing <novelist> b :  one that plays a (specified) musical instrument <harpist> c :  one that operates a (specified) mechanical instrument or contrivance <automobilist>

  2. 2 :  one that specializes in a (specified) art or science or skill <geologist> <ventriloquist>

  3. 3 :  one that adheres to or advocates a (specified) doctrine or system or code of behavior <socialist> <royalist> <hedonist> or that of a (specified) individual <Calvinist> <Darwinist>

Origin and Etymology of -ist

French -iste, from Latin -ista, -istes, from Greek -istēs, from verbs in -izein -ize


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-ist

adjective suffix

Definition of -ist

  1. :  of, relating to, or characteristic of <elitist>


-IST Defined for English Language Learners

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-ist

noun suffix

Definition of -ist for English Language Learners

  • : a person who does a specified action or activity

  • : a person who makes or produces something specified

  • : a person who plays a specified musical instrument


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-ist

adjective suffix

Definition of -ist for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or characterized by a specified quality


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