col·​um·​nist ˈkä-ləm-nist How to pronounce columnist (audio)
 also  ˈkäl-yəm-nist,
: one who writes a newspaper or magazine column
ˌkä-ləm-ˈni-stik How to pronounce columnist (audio)
 also  ˌkäl-yəm-

Examples of columnist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web News & Politics The latest from Washington and beyond, covering current events, the economy, and more, from our columnists and correspondents. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 17 Apr. 2024 Jennifer Jolly is an Emmy Award-winning consumer tech columnist and on-air correspondent. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2024 The Daily Mail’s columnist Richard Eden also reported that production had begun on Meghan’s cooking show, though filming isn’t taking place at her and Harry’s Montecito estate. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 16 Apr. 2024 Trudy Rubin is a columnist and editorial-board member for The Philadelphia Inquirer, P.O. Box 8263, Philadelphia, Pa. 19101. Trudy Rubin, Twin Cities, 12 Apr. 2024 Our podcast hosts, newsletter writers and Opinion columnists become as familiar as relatives. Sam Dolnick, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2024 He has also been named top sports columnist twice by the Society of Professional Journalists and National Headliner Awards. Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2024 Others, like Mexican columnist Emilio Lezama, have compared Noboa’s actions to those of another young politician who is very popular across the region because of his tough-on-crime approach at the cost of some rule-breaking: El Salvador’s Nayib Bukele. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 About this series Goldsmith is a Union-Tribune contributing columnist. Jan Goldsmith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of columnist was in 1917

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“Columnist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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col·​um·​nist ˈkäl-əm-(n)əst How to pronounce columnist (audio)
: a person who writes a newspaper or magazine column
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