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
Winner was a linguist while in the US Air Force from 2010 to 2016 and speaks Farsi, Dari and Pashto, her mother, Billie Winner-Davis, has said.
Amy Adams riveted audiences with performances in Arrival, as the linguist Dr. Louise Banks, and in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, as Susan, an art gallerist disillusioned by her life choices.
The 25-year-old former U.S. Air Force linguist was charged on June 5 with providing the online publication, The Intercept, with a top-secret document that detailed Russian hacking efforts in the days before the 2016 election.
Winner, a former Air Force linguist, faces up to 10 years in prison for leaking classified information.
But as writer Nick Douglas recently highlighted in Lifehacker, linguists have another explanation for uptalk, one that positions it not as a verbal tic, but as a valuable tool of communication.
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.
Most linguists say emoji are not currently a language—
When linguists first wondered where color categories came from, physicists had no answer.
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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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