linguist

noun
lin·​guist | \ ˈliŋ-gwist How to pronounce linguist (audio) \

Definition of linguist

1 : a person accomplished in languages especially : one who speaks several languages
2 : a person who specializes in linguistics

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Placek said Lexicon’s network of global linguists complete an initial research evaluation of each brand name and ensure the name does not carry negative associations. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Swiffer. Blackberry. PowerBook. Meet the Bay Area man who named your favorite products," 7 Sep. 2019 Placek said Lexicon's network of global linguists complete an initial research evaluation of each brand name and ensure the name does not carry negative associations. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "Swiffer. Blackberry. Dasani. Meet the man who named your favorite products," 6 Sep. 2019 But some linguists point to how, in the early 19th century, humorous abbreviations were in vogue. Elly Van Gelderen, The Conversation, "Curious Kids: Why do we say ‘OK’?," 2 Sep. 2019 In Ireland, for instance, fewer than 75,000 people speak Irish, or Gaeilge, daily; today, 4.4 million budding linguists are learning to labhair on Duolingo. Fortune, "Translating Success at a World-Changing Company," 19 Aug. 2019 In 1857, the organizers of the first Oxford English Dictionary enlisted the help of thousands of volunteer linguists. Brian Lamb, WSJ, "Five Best: Brian Lamb on Books That Pack a Punch," 14 June 2019 And over the years, linguists and other social scientists have come up with a few ideas to combat it—to neutralize androcentric terminology and concepts. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Actually, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Can Change a Culture," 15 Aug. 2019 But that’s not a surprise for Kola Tubosun, linguist and 2016 Quartz Africa Innovator honoree who led the Nigerian team that developed the voice for Google. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "How Google created a Nigerian voice and accent for Maps," 31 July 2019 Adams, 39, is an Alaska Native linguist and an artist, and is Gwich’in Athabascan. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "With ‘Molly of Denali,’ PBS Raises Its Bar for Inclusion," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of linguist

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for linguist

Latin lingua language, tongue

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linguist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of linguist

: a person who speaks several languages
: a person who studies linguistics

linguist

noun
lin·​guist | \ ˈliŋ-gwist How to pronounce linguist (audio) \

Kids Definition of linguist

1 : a person skilled in languages
2 : a person who specializes in the study of human speech

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