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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Recent Examples on the Web Microsoft’s 12-year-old Windows 7 operating system for ultrasound imaging of human tongues, says Lauren Ackerman, the linguist who manages the laboratory. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 2 June 2021 These include podcaster Dave Rubin, a Silicon Valley executive with; a Dallas rapper named Eric July from the band Backwordz; and Sowell’s friend Steven Pinker, the Harvard professor and linguist. Kyle Smith, National Review, 8 May 2021 As a linguist, Ubisoft has exceeded my expectations in its depiction of a multilingual Britain. Amy Briscoe, Wired, 21 Apr. 2021 The great linguist Noam Chomsky has a theory of language learning, that our brains are wired with the universal ability to master languages. Ahmed Tharwat, Star Tribune, 9 Apr. 2021 Viswanath is the granddaughter of Mordkhe Schaechter, who was a prominent Yiddish linguist and professor at Columbia University. NBC News, 7 Apr. 2021 King of the Monsters to join a host of MonsterVerse newbies, including Alexander Skarsgård, Demián Bichir, and Rebecca Hall, who plays an anthropological linguist observing Kong in his natural habitat. Clark Collis,, 29 Mar. 2021 Piecing together Keats’s accent fell to Ranjan Sen, a historical linguist at the University of Sheffield with an expertise in the eighteenth-century pronouncing dictionaries that would have been influential in Keats’s day. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 24 Mar. 2021 Both the film and the story are about a linguist who is trying to make sense of an alien language. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of linguist was in 1591

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14 Jun 2021

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“Linguist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of linguist

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


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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