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

Definition of essayist

: a writer of essays

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Offended by Ross’s anguish over his gay ex-wife and Chandler’s transphobic comments about his father, such essayists predicted that Friends’ supremacy would soon be over. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Mysteriously Enduring Appeal of Friends," 10 Sep. 2019 Iyer, a British-American essayist and novelist, has lived in Nara, Japan, since 1992. Pico Iyer, Harper's magazine, "Freedom from Choice," 19 Aug. 2019 Morrison was one of the most iconic writers of her time, excelling as a novelist, essayist, editor, and short story writer. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize winning author of "Beloved," has died at 88," 6 Aug. 2019 For years the most thorough and accessible account of this elusive Scotsman had been La Banqueroute de Law (1977) by the French politician and essayist Edgar Faure. Edward Chancellor, The New York Review of Books, "The Man Who Invented Money," 18 Apr. 2019 The poet, essayist and novelist is the mind behind the popular Twitter account, @SoSadToday, which serves as an archive of Broder’s somber, self-deprecating witticisms about depression, anxiety, addiction and loneliness. NBC News, "Obsessed with 'Fleabag', 'Big Little Lies' or 'Chernobyl'? Binge on one of these books next.," 24 June 2019 Broom has a reporter’s eye but an essayist’s heart, blending urban history of her segregated home city and her family’s attempt to survive in it. Vogue, "10 New Books to Read This Summer," 31 May 2019 Kelly Fig Smith is a freelance writer and award-winning essayist living in Gambier, Ohio. Kelly Fig Smith, Washington Post, "Why I threw my 11-year-old daughter a period party," 24 June 2019 The spat got a little nastier as more people joined the fray, with conservative essayists calling French a traitor to the Christian cause and some even calling for him to be fired from his job at the National Review. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Conservative Christians in the US are battling about whether to fight nice," 17 June 2019

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1601, in the meaning defined above

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: a writer of essays


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