es·​say·​ist ˈe-ˌsā-ist How to pronounce essayist (audio)
: a writer of essays

Examples of essayist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There's a reason why the adobe inn has such an impressive roster of early fans: The property dates back to 1886 and was once owned by poet and essayist Witter Bynner. Catherine Garcia, The Week Us, theweek, 7 Jan. 2024 Kerry Howley, a screenwriter, author and essayist, has signed with Black Bear for representation. Brent Lang, Variety, 16 Jan. 2024 The essayists are clear-eyed about the power that mythology has over reason. Curbed, 29 Nov. 2023 Her reputation as a demanding teacher, literary critic and essayist was known across campus. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2023 The Mark Twain Prize is given to humorists who affect American society in ways similar to Samuel Clemens, the esteemed 19th-century novelist and essayist also known as Mark Twain. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2023 Chris Anderson, the British entrepreneur behind the popular TED Talks—online lectures that often receive millions of views—has been embroiled in a public spat with Coleman Hughes, a podcaster and prolific essayist who writes about culture, politics and race. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 24 Oct. 2023 Darrieussecq, an accomplished novelist, essayist, psychologist, and critic, is also a veteran of a decades-long struggle against sleeplessness. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 12 Oct. 2023 In his Georgian-era diary, essayist James Boswell estimated he had been infected 19 times. WIRED, 22 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of essayist was in 1601

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“Essayist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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es·​say·​ist ˈes-ˌā-əst How to pronounce essayist (audio)
: a writer of essays
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