essayist

noun
es·​say·​ist | \ ˈe-ˌsā-ist How to pronounce essayist (audio) \

Definition of essayist

: a writer of essays

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Minhae Shim Roth is an essayist, journalist, and academic. Minhae Shim Roth, Glamour, "Would You Take a Job Just for the Fertility Insurance?," 24 Apr. 2019 At issue was an article Harper’s had scheduled for the March edition written by the essayist Katie Roiphe. Jaclyn Peiser, New York Times, "‘Media Men’ List Creator Outs Herself, Fearing She Would Be Named," 10 Jan. 2018 According to the Greek biographer and essayist Plutarch, Caesar really was instructed to beware the Ides of March by a soothsayer. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "So, What Exactly Are the Ides of March?," 15 Mar. 2019 Minhae Shim Roth is an essayist, journalist, and academic. Minhae Shim Roth, Glamour, "My Reward for Having a Baby? A $1,000 Gucci Bag," 7 Jan. 2019 Steph Curry Piercing eyes and an essayist arguing for closing the gender pay gap? Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "To All the Boys (and Grown Men) We’ve Loved This Summer," 31 Aug. 2018 In her debut novel, veteran essayist Martha Woodroof turns her attention to a lonesome literature professor charged with the care of his reclusive mother-in-law. Adrienne Westenfeld, Town & Country, "The Ultimate Preppy College Reading List," 3 Oct. 2014 That’s something very few essayists can accomplish. Ryan Chapman, Longreads, "Your Best Work Comes from Scaring Yourself," 29 June 2018 Merkin, an essayist and cultural critic, is at work on her second novel. Daphne Merkin, WSJ, "‘Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor’ Review: Empathy With the Stranger," 7 June 2018

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1601, in the meaning defined above

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essayist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of essayist

: a writer of essays

essayist

noun
es·​say·​ist | \ ˈe-ˌsā-ist How to pronounce essayist (audio) \

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: a writer of essays

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