di·​a·​rist | \ ˈdī-ə-rəst How to pronounce diarist (audio) \

Definition of diarist

: one who keeps a diary

Examples of diarist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, located in Boise, Idaho, includes a life-sized bronze statue of the Jewish diarist. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Anne Frank memorial in US defaced with swastika stickers," 10 Dec. 2020 In 1944, 15-year-old diarist Anne Frank was arrested with her sister, parents, and four others by the Gestapo after hiding for two years inside a building in Amsterdam. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 4 Aug. 2020 Today's diarist is Tony/Grammy/Emmy-winning multi-hyphenate super man Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is at home in New York City with wife Vanessa Nadal; sons Sebastian, 5, and Francisco, 2; and his in-laws. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Quarantine Diary: Lin-Manuel Miranda is relying on tortillas and getting toddler kicks to the eye," 1 July 2020 In the 1660s, as London succumbed to the bubonic plague, people flouted quarantines and social distancing, meeting at businesses and holding big daytime funerals, noted diarist Samuel Pepys with frustration. Pete Muller, National Geographic, "The second wave? Or a long first wave?," 15 June 2020 Today's diarist is Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin, who is at home in Los Angeles with his husband, painter Jwan Yosef, and their four kids. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Quarantine Diary: Ricky Martin is 'obsessively' cleaning, hasn't worked out in three months," 17 June 2020 So wrote Jean Froissart, a diarist of the Middle Ages, after an outbreak of bubonic plague in the 14th century. The Economist, "Return of the paranoid style Fake news is fooling more conservatives than liberals. Why?," 6 June 2020 Other habitual diarists have processed disaster with a pointed consistency. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Dear Diary, the World Is Burning," 10 Apr. 2020 Others, including Sir Christopher Wren, an architect, and John Evelyn, a diarist, devised plans to improve the city. The Economist, "The great land grab Walkers and cyclists are using the covid-19 crisis to swipe road space," 23 May 2020

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First Known Use of diarist

circa 1818, in the meaning defined above

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“Diarist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diarist. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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: a person who writes a diary

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