dentist

noun

den·​tist ˈden-təst How to pronounce dentist (audio)
: one who is skilled in and licensed to practice the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, injuries, and malformations of the teeth, jaws, and mouth and who makes and inserts false teeth

Examples of dentist in a Sentence

I saw her at the dentist last week. He goes to the dentist's for a check-up every six months.
Recent Examples on the Web That tennis court estate, which the erstwhile couple acquired in 2009 for $7 million, was sold amid their 2015 divorce for $9 million to its current owners—a local cardiologist and his dentist wife. James McClain, Robb Report, 21 Feb. 2024 Among those top 10 careers, the share of women has grown substantially since the ‘80s for lawyers, physicians, and dentists. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2024 To ease recruitment woes, dentists have started making competitive changes to their staff’s compensation. Steve Pollock, STAT, 12 Feb. 2024 According to Sellick, most healthcare providers and dentists use steam sterilizers in their offices. Korin Miller, Verywell Health, 2 Feb. 2024 Residents included teachers, dentists, a high school principal and a NASA engineer, and there were plans to develop farmland for additional housing. Brandi Kellam, ProPublica, 29 Jan. 2024 Lawyers, doctors, psychologists, dentists, podiatrists — almost anybody with an advanced degree was exempt. Will Swaim, National Review, 28 Jan. 2024 Endodontists are dentists who specialize in tooth pain, disease, and infection. Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 Not in the strictest sense, but his dentures will be on the block on February 6 at the Cotswold Auction Company in scenic Cheltenham, a spa town in the U.K. Designed by his dentist, Wilfred Fish, and made around 1939, they were constructed to protect Churchill’s natural — and distinctive — lisp. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 27 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

French dentiste, from dent

First Known Use

circa 1746, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dentist was circa 1746

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Cite this Entry

“Dentist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dentist. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

dentist

noun
den·​tist ˈdent-əst How to pronounce dentist (audio)
: a professional person who is trained in the care, treatment, and repair of the teeth and the fitting of artificial teeth

Medical Definition

dentist

noun
den·​tist ˈdent-əst How to pronounce dentist (audio)
: a licensed practitioner who is skilled in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, injuries, and malformations of the teeth, jaws, and mouth and who makes and inserts false teeth

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