econ·​o·​mist i-ˈkä-nə-mist How to pronounce economist (audio)
archaic : one who practices economy
: a specialist in economics

Examples of economist in a Sentence

Economists are predicting rapid inflation.
Recent Examples on the Web Fast-food companies have used their dominant position in the labor market to keep wages and prices excessively low, said Michael Reich, a labor economist and professor at UC Berkeley. Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2024 Wasow, the son of a Jewish economist and a Black American educator, had been thinking about how to build community on the internet for years. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 12 Apr. 2024 Jordan Levine, chief economist of the California Association of Realtors, also sees just two Fed rate cuts starting later this year. Jeff Lazerson, Orange County Register, 11 Apr. 2024 Durante, the Tax Foundation economist, agreed that politics explains why tariffs have become a bipartisan strategy. Matt Egan, CNN, 11 Apr. 2024 But economist Dante DeAntonio of Moody’s Analytics points out that payrolls of temporary staffing firms have been declining for two years. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2024 For now, economists say, the best that consumers can hope for is that prices stop going up so fast. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 10 Apr. 2024 Data released on Wednesday showed consumer prices moving in the wrong direction once again, rising 3.5% in March from a year earlier, a little hotter than the 3.4% rise economists had predicted. Rafael Nam, NPR, 10 Apr. 2024 According to Hayley Berg, chief economist at Hopper, while airfare remains higher than at this time in 2019, 40% of all searches for international trips this summer are to Europe, in line with last year and slightly higher than in 2019. Arati Menon, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Apr. 2024

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Word History


Middle French oeconome, iconome "manager of a household" (borrowed from Medieval Latin oeconomus, going back to Late Latin, "administrator, manager," borrowed from Greek oikonómos "manager of a household, steward") + -ist entry 1 — more at economy entry 1

First Known Use

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of economist was in 1586

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“Economist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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