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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Other Words from columnist

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

Examples of columnist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Cryptoland, hosted by its technology columnist Takara Small. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 29 June 2021 Lukacs was the longtime wine columnist for the Washington Times in the 1990s and later Washingtonian magazine, as well as an English professor at Loyola University in Baltimore. Washington Post, 25 June 2021 Glenn Whipp, awards columnist for the Los Angeles Times, host of the Envelope’s Friday newsletter. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2021 And that’s good enough. Follow USA TODAY Sports columnist Nancy Armour on Twitter @nrarmour. USA Today, 12 June 2021 Lapid, 57, entered parliament in 2013 after a successful career as a newspaper columnist, TV anchor and author. Time, 3 June 2021 Lapid, 57, entered parliament in 2013 after a successful career as a newspaper columnist, TV anchor and author. Josef Federman, Anchorage Daily News, 5 May 2021 Your humble columnist can understand the temptation here. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 3 May 2021 Sherrod is also a real estate columnist for HOME, a quarterly published by Atlanta Magazine. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of columnist

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of columnist was in 1917

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16 Jul 2021

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“Columnist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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