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

Definition of essayist

: a writer of essays

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Recent Examples on the Web Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, a professor, scholar, and essayist and the exhibition’s national adviser, told me here the other day. Thomas Farragher,, 20 June 2022 George Bernard Shaw, the playwright, essayist, and co-founder of the London School of Economics, attributed his becoming a socialist to hearing George give a speech in London in 1882. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 4 Apr. 2022 Your pole tip could bend in the next second – or in a second that won’t happen till tomorrow, essayist Murr Brewster writes. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 May 2022 The essayist Geoff Dyer looks at a tennis star’s sunset and sees intimations of his own. Wsj Books Staff, WSJ, 6 May 2022 For the book, Allain Bray teams with longtime friend and essayist and memoirist Jenny Klion, marking their first literary collaboration. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Apr. 2022 Yet reading any of those individual texts differs from knowing Hurston as an essayist, as a blend of Negro woman and writer who worked for her bread. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 14 Feb. 2022 Duniway arrived in Oregon from Illinois in the 1850s while in her teens and became a newspaper publisher, business owner, public speaker, novelist, poet, essayist and mother of six. oregonlive, 21 Dec. 2021 Irina Dumitrescu, an essayist and professor of medieval English literature, binged for six months on online courses led by celebrities like RuPaul, Anna Wintour, and Gordon Ramsay. Longreads, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of essayist

1601, in the meaning defined above

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