-ist

1 of 2

noun suffix

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
: one that specializes in a (specified) art or science or skill
geologist
ventriloquist
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

-ist

2 of 2

adjective suffix

: of, relating to, or characteristic of
elitist

Word History

Etymology

Noun suffix

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

Dictionary Entries Near -ist

Cite this Entry

“-ist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/-ist. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

-ist

noun suffix
əst
1
a
: one that performs a (specified) action
cyclist
: one that makes or produces
novelist
b
: one that plays a (specified) musical instrument
harpist
c
: one that operates a (specified) machine
automobilist
2
: one that specializes in a (specified) art or science or skill
geologist
3
: one that believes in or favors a (specified) doctrine or system or code of behavior
socialist
or that of a (specified) individual
Buddhist
Etymology

Noun suffix

derived from Greek -istēs (noun suffix)

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!