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

Examples of columnist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Puro Politics is a weekly podcast hosted by columnist Gilbert Garcia, covering the drama and nuance of local government issues. Gilbert Garcia,, "Podcast: Texas stuck in confounding school daze," 5 Aug. 2020 Enquirer columnist Jason Williams questioned the need for the levy in a column last week, which included pressing Palmeter on how the money would be spent. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, "No tax hike on the ballot for Hamilton County parks," 5 Aug. 2020 According to Los Angeles Times business columnist Michael Hiltzik, the measure would even grease the wheels for employers to bring suits against workers pressing for safer conditions. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "The Rise of the Creepy Reopening Industry," 4 Aug. 2020 New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman suggested last month that Biden should not debate Trump unless the president agrees to terms such as live fact-checking. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "'Imaginary controversy': Biden campaign rebuts debate-ducking theories," 4 Aug. 2020 New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg recently pointed out that 2020 started off like 1974 (an impeachment crisis), quickly became 1918 (a pandemic), turned into 1929 (economic crash), and then became 1968 (massive urban unrest). Shikha Dalmia, TheWeek, "What makes America exceptional," 2 July 2020 The New York Times columnist discusses how trust and faith in the criminal justice system can die when blacks and whites have different experiences with police officers. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (June 14)," 11 June 2020 For him, the last few months have been a reminder that being an advice columnist means more than lending an ear. Lily Rothman, Time, "What It's Like to Be an Advice Columnist During a Global Pandemic," 11 June 2020 And for dessert, New York Times food columnist Melissa Clark suggests slathering toast or pound cake with Lemon Curd with Poppy Seeds. Susan Puckett, ajc, "Big names share recipes to benefit restaurant workers," 10 June 2020

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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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8 Aug 2020

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“Columnist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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