essayist

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

Definition of essayist

: a writer of essays

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Shortly after the death of his mother, the essayist Bruce Berger sat in the yard of her house in rural Arizona and experienced something that cuts to the heart of the fierce and enduring attraction of the desert. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Book Review: A Taste for Ultimates," 24 May 2019 Morgan Parker Parker, a Pushcart Prize-winning poet and essayist, explores depictions of black womanhood alongside personal narratives in her work. The Seattle Times, "Look Ahead: The hottest Seattle events for April 2019," 5 Apr. 2019 Why do your essayists keep using bad history to decry socialism? WSJ, "Churchill Was No Socialist, But He Governed Like One," 2 May 2019 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

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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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