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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While trying to get her foot in the door at fashion magazines, Rebecca accepts a job at a financial publication as its advice columnist, and her writing turns into an instant hit. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The 10 Best Fashion Movies That Aren't The Devil Wears Prada," 24 Dec. 2018 Charles Krauthammer, former Fox News commentator and conservative columnist, has died. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Charles Krauthammer Dies at 68, 13 Days After He Announced He Had Just Weeks Left to Live," 21 June 2018 If someone salutes you, your instinct is (probably) to return that salute,' wrote Matt Lewis, a conservative columnist for The Daily Beast. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "Trump saluted a North Korean general, state media shows, an unusual act of respect," 14 June 2018 Formerly a food writer and an op-ed columnist at the New York Times, Mr. Bittman presents in-depth chapters on poultry, red meat, seafood, appetizers, breads, sauces and condiments and more. Barry Estabrook, WSJ, "Summer Books: Food," 23 May 2018 That week the conservative columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Krauthammer announced his cancer had spread and was terminal. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Meghan McCain Isn’t Afraid of a Fight," 2 Aug. 2018 Sexperts and advice columnists aren’t entirely wrong to see faking it as a sign of a problem. Lux Alptraum, SELF, "Faking Orgasms Isn’t the Real Problem—the Real Problem Is Our Limited View of What Sexual Pleasure Looks Like," 20 Nov. 2018 The Washington Post, for which Khashoggi was a columnist, was first to report the CIA’s findings. Rachel Withers, Vox, "CIA reportedly concludes that Jamal Khashoggi was killed on the Saudi crown prince’s orders," 17 Nov. 2018 New York Times columnist Charles Blow tweeted on Tuesday. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Has Disappeared at a Saudi Consulate in Istanbul," 18 Oct. 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\

Kids Definition of columnist

: a writer of a column in a newspaper or magazine

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