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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Steve Bailey, a former Boston Globe columnist, writes for the Post and Courier in Charleston. Steve Bailey,, "Charleston to climate deniers: Come walk in our boots," 5 Sep. 2019 Beers’ journalistic odyssey took him from the Riverside Press Enterprise to the Anaheim Bulletin before his tenure as a general assignment reporter and columnist for the Daily Pilot from 1992 to 1994. Tom Titus, Daily Pilot, "On Theater: Joel Beers takes his third swing at ‘Rube!’," 3 Sep. 2019 USA TODAY Free Press sports writers and columnists predict the Detroit Lions' 2019 record and key stat leaders, then make their NFL postseason and Super Bowl LIV (54) predictions. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions stat leaders, NFL playoff predictions: See our Super Bowl 54 picks," 3 Sep. 2019 Elaine Ayala has been in the newspaper business for 33 years as a reporter, editor, blogger and columnist. Elaine Ayala,, "Erica Castro wants to be known as an educator — not just as a presidential candidate’s wife," 3 Sep. 2019 My colleague Emma Baccellieri attempted to tackle that very question last week and found that writers and columnists have been shoveling dirt on the sport’s shallow grave for the better part of the last 100 years. Jon Tayler,, "MLB Is a Game of Extremes in 2019. What Does That Mean for the Sport's Future?," 3 Sep. 2019 Local columnist and poet Gary Singh will hold forth Sept. 9 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library,along with Livermore Poet Laureate Emerita Connie Post. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Fifth annual poetry festival gives South Bay voices a chance to be heard," 30 Aug. 2019 After years as a homesteader, teacher, and farming columnist (among other jobs), Wilder finally became a writer in her early 60s. Elena Nicolaou,, "Little House, Big Fans: These People Really, Really Love Laura Ingalls Wilder," 24 Aug. 2019 Randy Peterson, a sportswriter for the Des Moines Register since 1972, recalls that the paper would send a full team to cover the state tournament: reporters and columnists from both sports and news desks, along with photographers. Britni De La Cretaz, Longreads, "Flagrant Foul: Benching Teen Moms Before Title IX," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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