den·​tist | \ˈden-təst \

Definition of dentist 

: 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

California Assemblyman Jim Wood, a forensic dentist, was headed to Butte County Wednesday to help make identifications. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "After Paradise Fire, a Hunt for Human Remains Among the Ashes," 16 Nov. 2018 Eleanor wakes up after a fatal shopping cart accident in what looks like a dentist’s waiting room. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The (secular) gospel according to The Good Place," 27 Sep. 2018 Peroxide is the main active ingredient in the products dentists use to do professional whitening in their offices, too. Emma Sarran Webster, Allure, "6 of the Best Teeth-Whitening Kits in the Drugstore," 13 Sep. 2018 The victims, ages 54 to 97, were professors, accountants, dentists, and doctors. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Squirrel Hill Synagogue Shooting Victims Were All Remembered With Kind Words by Their Community," 29 Oct. 2018 Yes, just like the dentist and dermatologist, this is another specialist to add to the list. Tiffany Yannetta, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Getting Contact Lenses," 26 Oct. 2018 Its creator, a maverick Pennsylvania dentist and inventor named Lytle Adams, had some friends in high places. Lucy Cooke, ajc, "US military is interested in bats as possible defenders against bioweapons," 3 July 2018 For now, only 7 percent of Yelp’s roughly 150 million total reviews concern health care: doctors, dentists, hospitals, acupuncturists and reiki practitioners, along with assisted living and nursing homes., "No luck finding the right nursing home? Maybe Yelp can help," 15 May 2018 The Winter family boasts four generations of dentists. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breakfast in bed? These dads would rather be in the kitchen," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of dentist

circa 1746, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dentist

French dentiste, from dent

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English Language Learners Definition of dentist

: a person whose job is to care for people's teeth

the dentist : the place where a dentist works


den·​tist | \ˈden-təst \

Kids Definition of dentist

: a person whose profession is the care, treatment, and repair of the teeth


den·​tist | \ˈdent-əst \

Medical Definition of dentist 

: 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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