dis·​cus·​sant | \ di-ˈskə-sᵊnt How to pronounce discussant (audio) \

Definition of discussant

: one who takes part in a formal discussion or symposium

Examples of discussant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rather than a dry, solo lecture, we’re treated to a book discussion, albeit a discussion where only one of the discussants has read the actual book. John Warner, chicagotribune.com, "From Tracy K. Smith’s ‘Slowdown’ to ‘The Maris Review,’ plug into these book podcasts," 9 Sep. 2019 Dylan Matthews: Longtime viewer, first-time discussant here, and what an episode to jump in on. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Americans seeks a new “START” in a tremendous series finale," 31 May 2018 June Thomas, who oversees Slate’s LGBTQ blog Outward and has written about culture and edited foreign coverage for the site for many years, will be one of my co-discussants. Rebecca Onion, Slate Magazine, "Introducing Fascism," 20 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of discussant

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Discussant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discussant. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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