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-ist

noun suffix

Definition of -ist

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

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

:of, relating to, or characteristic of
  • elitist

-IST Defined for English Language Learners

-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


-ist

adjective suffix

Definition of -ist for English Language Learners

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


-IST Defined for Kids

-ist

noun suffix \ əst \

Definition of -ist for Students

1 :performer of a specified action
  • cyclist
:maker :producer
  • novelist
2 :a person who plays a specified musical instrument or operates a specified mechanical device
  • pianist
  • motorist
3 :a person who specializes in a specified art or science or skill
  • geologist
4 :a person who follows or favors a specified teaching, practice, system, or code of behavior
  • optimist

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