den·​tist | \ ˈden-təst How to pronounce dentist (audio) \

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 Delightful details, from ’90s dentist shop toys to anthropomorphic vacuums, fill each level. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "It Takes Two Is One Hell of a Couples' Therapy Session," 1 Apr. 2021 The dentist repaired White’s chipped tooth in truck parked outside the team hotel. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs' Derrick White sinks teeth into defensive role," 28 Mar. 2021 As Israel emerged from its fourth election in two years with the country's persistent political deadlock seemingly unbroken, an unlikely figure emerged as a potential kingmaker in the Jewish state: an Arab Islamist politician and former dentist. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "With Netanyahu's fate on the line, Arab party could hold keys to Israel's next government," 26 Mar. 2021 The one-story brick building, a former dentist's office, now is being remodeled. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Bake Sale bakery is coming to Becher Street in West Allis," 20 Mar. 2021 Participants have been encouraged to engage in pleasurable distractions while waiting, and to spend time getting comfortable in the dentist’s chair before procedures begin. The Economist, "The unseen Campaigners in China struggle to improve the lot of the disabled," 20 Mar. 2021 Over 5,000 five-star reviewers say it’s powerful, well-designed and leaves you with that fresh out of the dentist’s chair clean feeling. Kara Cuzzone, Forbes, "The Best Amazon Deals To Shop Right Now, From Dyson Vacuums To AirPod Pros," 19 Mar. 2021 Meyers’s public obsession with Tiny Secret Whispers began on February 9, after the mind-blowing episode aired where Packer Charlesworth is suspected of murdering the dentist. Megh Wright, Vulture, "Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Tiny Secret Whispers?," 18 Mar. 2021 Young children that don’t even have teeth yet need to have their mouths cleaned on a daily basis and those who have even one tooth should see the dentist for an evaluation and discussion regarding diet and oral cleaning routines. Thomas H. Downs,, "Carroll County Health Department: Dental health month focuses on importance of water," 21 Feb. 2021

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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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7 Apr 2021

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“Dentist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dentist

: a person whose job is to care for people's teeth
: the place where a dentist works


den·​tist | \ ˈden-təst How to pronounce dentist (audio) \

Kids Definition of dentist

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


den·​tist | \ ˈdent-əst How to pronounce dentist (audio) \

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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