col·​um·​nist | \ ˈkä-ləm-nist How to pronounce columnist (audio) , -lə-mist also ˈkäl-yəm-nist, -yə-mist\

Definition of columnist

: one who writes a newspaper or magazine column

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columnistic \ ˌkä-​ləm-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce columnistic (audio) also  ˌkäl-​yəm-​ \ adjective

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The Washington Post columnist was killed inside Saudi Arabia’s Consulate in Istanbul last year. Washington Post, "Amal Clooney faults ‘collective shrug’ over slain journalist," 11 July 2019 The Washington Post columnist was killed inside Saudi Arabia’s Consulate in Istanbul last year. Jill Lawless,, "Amal Clooney faults ‘collective shrug’ over slain journalist," 10 July 2019 Coons and other senators also said patience had run out with Saudi Arabia, citing its human rights record, the killing of Saudi writer and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and the conduct of its air war in Yemen. NBC News, "Senators warn Trump admin not to bypass Congress again on arms sales," 10 July 2019 But the investment in the Standard was completed not long after the murder in October of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist. The Economist, "Britain investigates Saudi influence on two of its newspapers," 5 July 2019 Not addressed in the letter to Minaj is Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who was assassinated at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, an incident that caused an international backlash last year. Paul Bond, Billboard, "Nicki Minaj Criticized by Human Rights Activists Ahead of Saudi Arabia Concert," 5 July 2019 George Will: Washington Post columnist in conversation about the future of conservatism with the Commonwealth Club’s Lenny Mendonca., "Bay Area political events: Antiwar rally, Democratic debate watch parties," 25 June 2019 Khashoggi was an American resident and Washington Post columnist when he was killed and dismembered at a Saudi embassy in Turkey., "Ron Wyden: If Trump admin won’t release report on Jamal Khashoggi slaying, then I will," 24 June 2019 This year's festival, running through June 30, includes the world premiere of jazz great Terence Blanchard's Fire Shut Up in My Bones, based on New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow's coming-of-age memoir of the same name. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Coming-of-age story packs an emotional wallop with its premiere at opera festival," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of columnist

1917, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of columnist

: a person who writes a newspaper or magazine column


col·​um·​nist | \ ˈkä-ləm-nəst How to pronounce columnist (audio) , -lə-məst\

Kids Definition of columnist

: a writer of a column in a newspaper or magazine

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