di·​a·​rist ˈdī-ə-rəst How to pronounce diarist (audio)
: one who keeps a diary

Examples of diarist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes, the diarists’ anger and frustration were expressed indirectly, cloaked under a veil of resignation and wry humor. Sarah Gristwood, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Feb. 2024 An avid diarist, Ms. Frazier keeps a journal of housing dreams. Jason Deparle, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2023 Great Jones Street, a two-block lane in NoHo named after the lawyer and politician Samuel Jones, was a home for the city’s affluent merchant class that counted the mayor and diarist Philip Hone among its early residents. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, 26 Dec. 2023 The study explored sleep from a 1-year diary from the mid-18th century, documenting the diarists’ sleep and naps, activities, food intake, urine volume, and meteorological data daily. Sophie Okolo, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 This is the first entry in a series featuring frank accounts of the strike from Hollywood writers at different levels in their careers; the diarists have been granted anonymity to encourage candor. Anonymous, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2023 Nobody is more nostalgic than diarists, who believe that no moment has been fully lived until it’s been recorded and made available for later reawakening. Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 Linda Johnson Rice, Johnson's daughter and former chief executive officer of Johnson Publishing Co., and Roy Lewis, former Johnson Publishing Co. photographer, will have a conversation with Janis F. Kearney, author, publisher and diarist for former President Bill Clinton. Arkansas Online, 1 Nov. 2023 Not even London’s famously meticulous diarist, Samuel Pepys, mentioned mass deaths of rats in London during plague outbreaks, or individual rats behaving oddly in broad daylight. WIRED, 7 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of diarist was circa 1818

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“Diarist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diarist. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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