copy·​ist | \ ˈkä-pē-ist How to pronounce copyist (audio) \

Definition of copyist

1 : one who makes copies
2 : imitator

Examples of copyist in a Sentence

she prides herself on being an innovator in fashion, and not a mere copyist some scholars argue that the vexing passage reflects a misreading of the text by an early copyist
Recent Examples on the Web This year’s Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre will be presented to the Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC); Broadway For All; music copyist, Emily Grishman; Feinstein’s/54 Below and United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 May 2022 Nonetheless, she was all but forgotten by the art world, and though all of her extant works are originals, per the National Trust, she was described as a mere copyist of the Old Masters after her death. Elizabeth Djinis, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2022 For All, music copyist Emily Grishman and Feinstein’s/54 Below. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2022 The pirate could even be the copyist, who could clandestinely make another copy, spirit it out to another publisher, sometimes even before the legitimate one. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 29 Dec. 2020 An accomplished copyist of great artworks, Bradley Stevens has long specialized in painting them in their natural habitat: arrayed in the hushed galleries of major museums where they’re being perused by visitors. Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2020 Was an artist who merely reproduced the fronts of soup cans descending to the level of a labelmaker—or, worse, of a mere copyist—or could appropriation, as an artistic gesture, trump any actual gesture an artist might make with hand and brush? Blake Gopnik, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2020 Think Warhol was just a copyist with a canny eye for color and subject matter? Steve Johnson,, 23 Oct. 2019 What that meant, Mr. Wollny said, was that Bach typically had to write a cantata in three days — from, say, Sunday afternoon to Wednesday morning — before turning it over to copyists to prepare the parts for rehearsal. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, 22 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of copyist

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jun 2022

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“Copyist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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