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.

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Medical professionals from Ukraine are also filling gaps left by Polish doctors, dentists and nurses who fled west for higher wages, but the process takes longer. Mstyslav Chernov, The Seattle Times, "Ukrainian workers, seeing little hope at home, head abroad," 25 Mar. 2019 His father, Louis, was a dentist and jeweler, and his mother, Serita (Rosenthal) Ellison, worked in a thrift store. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Harlan Ellison, Intensely Prolific Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 84," 29 June 2018 If not for the 15th way—winners of the previous 10 U.S. Opens automatically receive bids—Woods might have been teeing up with dentists and stockbrokers at a local qualifier, as former world No. Stephanie Apstein,, "In the Field Thanks to His Past Success, Tiger Woods Ready—and Grateful—for U.S. Open Challenge," 12 June 2018 Convinced it was headed in the right direction, Iceland turned its national team over to Swedish coach Lars Lagerback and hired Hallgrímsson, a small-town dentist and former women’s coach, as his assistant. Kevin Baxter,, "Iceland comfortable with Cinderella title, but wants to prove it belongs in the World Cup," 7 June 2018 Everest has become an antidote to mid-life crises — a quotidian item on the bucket lists of superannuated dentists and CFOs. Time, "The Ethics of Climbing Everest: Double Amputee Xia Boyu’s Feat Fuels Debates About Who Belongs on the Roof of the World," 3 Apr. 2018 Norman Mason, a prominent dentist in east Austin, was grandfather of 19-year-old Draylen Mason, who was killed Monday after carrying a package left at his home into the kitchen and opening it. Will Weissert And Paul J. Weber,, "2 of 3 families targeted by package bombs knew each other," 13 Mar. 2018 Functional medicine practitioners include physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists, registered dietitians and other healthcare professionals. Sheah Rarback, miamiherald, "Feeling poorly? Maybe your gut needs a tune up," 11 June 2018 Eventually, someone will come along and restore a measure of decorum to politics, sparing voters the inside peek at their trips to the dentist or the fridge. Karl Rove, WSJ, "The Weirdness of American Politics," 23 Jan. 2019

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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 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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