nat·​u·​ral·​ist ˈna-ch(ə-)rə-list How to pronounce naturalist (audio)
: one that advocates or practices naturalism
: a student of natural history
especially : a field biologist

Examples of naturalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In August, naturalist and shark scientist Peter Gausmann published research about the Carbrook creatures in an academic journal, Marine and Fishery Sciences. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2023 How Gardenia Got Its Name Dr. Alexander Garden, a Scottish physician and naturalist, moved to Charleston in 1752. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 22 Aug. 2023 Four days were spent exploring the region’s many fjords, glaciers and icebergs up-close on eight-passenger Zodiacs driven by members of the ship’s 17-person expedition team, consisting of naturalists, botanists, marine biologists and a historian. Dan Fellner, The Arizona Republic, 31 Aug. 2023 Mystic Seaport Museum With a naturalist’s attuned eye and a painter’s expressive hand, the artist paints worlds most of us never think of, deploying motifs that echo through art history. Cate McQuaid,, 30 Aug. 2023 For each of the individual awards, a naturalist spoke briefly about the special services that volunteer has donated to the parks. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 25 Aug. 2023 Throughout the journey, a Forest Preserve District naturalist will make stops along the way to interpret the natural and cultural history of the forest preserves, according to a press release from the district. Beacon-News Staff, Chicago Tribune, 28 July 2023 Today’s naturalists are studying a world a bit different than Darwin. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 17 Aug. 2023 Small-group excursions led by knowledgeable naturalists ensure immersive learning experiences while minimizing impact. James Barrett, Redbook, 17 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of naturalist was in 1587

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“Naturalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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nat·​u·​ral·​ist ˈnach-(ə-)rə-ləst How to pronounce naturalist (audio)
: a person who specializes in natural history
naturalist adjective

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