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

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Newspaper columnists and radio personalities aren’t the only ones with a platform. Ross Dellenger,, "The SEC Grapples With Officiating in the Age of Outrage," 5 June 2019 And, as a columnist at this beloved local institution, the recipient of an endless stream of digital abuse. Nestor Ramos,, "Dear MBTA: One columnist’s application for the T’s social media job," 29 Mar. 2019 Both face Western pressure over their devastating three-year war with Yemen’s Houthi rebels, and Riyadh is still grappling with the fallout from the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents last year. Bouazza Bin Bouazza, The Seattle Times, "Arab League rejects Trump’s Israel policies at annual summit," 31 Mar. 2019 Free Press sports columnist Shawn Windsor and writer Carlos Monarrez debate the most pressing topic of the 2018 summer: Who is the greatest player all-time from Detroit's sports teams? George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers utilityman Niko Goodrum driven 'like Michael Jordan'," 8 July 2018 Within two days, information was leaked that the columnist and father of four had been killed. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Has Disappeared at a Saudi Consulate in Istanbul," 18 Oct. 2018 Hartley, the former Capital columnist, was harassed by Ramos for years. Gordon Rago,, "Annapolis shooting suspect sent letter to a Virginian-Pilot editor, police say," 6 July 2018 Or Wendi Winters, the columnist who gave some of her time to causes like the Red Cross, the Girl Scouts, and the seemingly impossible mission of helping reporters and PR professionals understand each other. Will Bunch,, "In lieu of flowers for Annapolis, please subscribe to your local news org | Will Bunch," 1 July 2018 Neither DeSantis nor Putnam immediately responded to Trump’s tweet on their own Twitter accounts, but both tweeted tributes to Charles Krauthammer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist who died Thursday at age 68. Stephen Hudak,, "Trump endorses Ron DeSantis for Florida governor," 22 June 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of columnist was in 1917

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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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