optimist

noun op·ti·mist \ ˈäp-tə-mist \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of optimist

: a person who is inclined to be hopeful and to expect good outcomes : someone who is given to optimism
  • The optimists have faith that no matter how avaricious the age, literature will endure.
  • —Michael Norman

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Origin and Etymology of optimist

optim(ism) + 1-ist, probably after French optimiste


Optimist

noun Op·ti·mist \ ˈäp-tə-mist \

Definition of Optimist

: a member of a major international service club

Origin and Etymology of optimist

Optimist (Club)


OPTIMIST Defined for Kids

optimist

noun op·ti·mist \ ˈäp-tə-məst \

Definition of optimist for Students

: a person who habitually expects good things to happen

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