essayist

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

Definition of essayist

: a writer of essays

Examples of essayist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, Tolstoy remains one of the world’s most renowned authors; the French poet and essayist Prudhomme, much less so. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "The secret to creative success is to stop caring about recognition," 8 Jan. 2020 Buy Now: $13, amazon.com Notes from the Century Before, Edward Hoagland (1969) A prolific essayist favored by novelists from Updike on down, Hoagland spent three months in the wilds of British Columbia and produced a rich, contemplative portrait. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 87 Greatest Travel Books of All Time, According to Authors," 8 Jan. 2020 Incorporating real-life figures like Michael Jackson and Kelso Cochrane into evocative scenes, the essayist and novelist uses fiction to reflect on politics, parenthood and more. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "15 New Books You Should Read in October," 1 Oct. 2019 Her brother, Milton Himmelfarb, who died in 2006, was an essayist known for his observations on Jewish affairs. Douglas Martin, New York Times, "Gertrude Himmelfarb, Conservative Historian of Ideas, Dies at 97," 31 Dec. 2019 Thompson is an award-winning essayist, a novelist and an author of a previous literary memoir of growing up in the post-civil-rights era. Kenneth W. Mack, Washington Post, "A black writer on individualism, identity and indifference in Trump’s America," 19 Dec. 2019 An essayist of uncommon depth and breadth, O’Toole is a Dubliner known for his work on Ireland. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "From Little Englanders to Brexiteers," 11 Nov. 2019 The poet and essayist, also known as LeRoi Jones, died in 2014. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Has the Great American Beer Festival become too great?," 3 Oct. 2019 Dos Passos presents his eccentric biographical sketches of Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt alongside portraits of radicals: the Socialist Presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs, the radical essayist Randolph Bourne, the labor organizer Joe Hill. Matt Hanson, The New Yorker, "What John Dos Passos’s “1919” Got Right About 2019," 29 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of essayist

1601, in the meaning defined above

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“Essayist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/essayist. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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essayist

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English Language Learners Definition of essayist

: a writer of essays

essayist

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

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: a writer of essays

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