Definition of linguist
1 : a person accomplished in languages; especially : one who speaks several languages
2 : a person who specializes in linguistics
Recent Examples of linguist from the Web
In the back roads of County Donegal, Ireland, an American linguist finds a forlorn child with a stutter, and his mother — once a famous actress who vanished at the height of her career.
Spirei, a natural linguist, picked up the language and was recruited by the University of South Carolina to help run its singing summer schools in Cortona, Italy.
The umlaut and the ess-tsett do not exist in Internet addresses, and are unlikely to make a comeback, predicts the linguist Schlobinski.
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Origin and Etymology of linguist
Latin lingua language, tongue
First Known Use: 1591See Words from the same year
LINGUIST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of linguist for English Language Learners
: a person who speaks several languages
: a person who studies linguistics
LINGUIST Defined for Kids
Definition of linguist for Students
1 : a person skilled in languages
2 : a person who specializes in the study of human speech
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