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 The poet, essayist, and cultural critic has published work in The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. BostonGlobe.com, "Hanif Abdurraqib on reading poetry, becoming a poet," 8 Apr. 2021 In director John Kirby and Harper’s Magazine essayist Lewis Lapham’s feature-length inquiry into the existence of an American ruling class, Medavoy specified how our entertainment culture affected our national consciousness. Armond White, National Review, "Scorsese’s Nostalgic Lament Hides a Backlash," 19 Feb. 2021 Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, an essayist and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. New York Times, "A World of Black Intimacy at the Card Table," 24 Feb. 2021 James McElroy is a novelist and essayist based in New York. James Mcelroy, Washington Examiner, "The best analysis of 2021 is a book from 2014," 4 Mar. 2021 Gay’s work as an award-winning author, editor, and essayist has addressed a number of critical issues including the need for affirmative consent, body shaming, the intense dangers of a divisive political climate and more. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "Roxane Gay To Teach MasterClass On Writing For Social Change," 18 Feb. 2021 For poet and essayist Kevin Young, who in January will become director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, poets have been at the forefront of bringing this message to the world. Drea Brown, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Bold Anthology Shows How R-I-G-H-T and W-R-I-T-E Come Together in Black Poetry," 17 Nov. 2020 But Orwell was also a prolific essayist, literary critic, journalist and columnist, and much of his best work is in his less flashy nonfiction. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "You’re using the term ‘Orwellian’ wrong. Here’s what George Orwell was actually writing about," 12 Jan. 2021 Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America By Laila Lalami Pantheon: 208 pages, $26 Best known as a novelist, Lalami is also an acute and pointed essayist. David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times, "The 10 best California books of 2020," 17 Dec. 2020

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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 17 Apr. 2021.

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essayist

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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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