col·um·nist | \ˈkä-ləm-nist, -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 also ˌkäl-yəm- \ adjective

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Trump’s actions are an ethnic cleansing campaign in attempts to make America less diverse and keep whites in the majority in the U.S., says columnist Will Bunch. Oona Goodin-smith,, "Families of Cosmo DiNardo murder victims speak out, Pa. to pay $2M to fight teacher shortage | Morning Newsletter," 13 July 2018 Markus Haas is the San Antonio Express-News beer columnist. Markus Haas, San Antonio Express-News, "Your guide to 8 great summer beers," 12 July 2018 Many of its writers have contributed to these pages over the years, including columnist Jason Riley. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Where New York Goes to Think," 12 July 2018 Further, as Atlantic columnist David Frum points out, Trump misunderstands the actual American objections to a pipeline between Germany and Russia. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Trump says “Germany is a captive to Russia.”," 11 July 2018 The Capital-Gazette reports that, in 2012, the suspect filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper and a columnist over a July 2011 article about his criminal case. Chris Harris,, "Suspect in Newsroom Attack Repeatedly Threatened Paper After Coverage of His Harassment Arrest," 29 June 2018 Shaun King, Black Lives Matter activist and columnist with the Intercept, shared the Humanitarian Award Sunday at the BET Awards. Richard Prince, The Root, "Obama Was More Aware of Racism Than We Saw," 27 June 2018 The veteran columnist raises another thorny question: What should be the reaction of employees when their company facilitates repugnant behavior? Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Tech's Leaders Should Heed Employee Outrage With Prudent Response," 9 July 2018 John Gonzalez, a former Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia personality and ex-Inquirer sports columnist, weighed in on the spate of departures from the network: Hate to see what’s happened at @NBCSPhilly. Rob Tornoe,, "Sixers insider Jessica Camerato out at NBC Sports Philadelphia," 5 July 2018

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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, -lə-məst\

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: a writer of a column in a newspaper or magazine

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