pan·​el·​ist | \ ˈpa-nᵊl-ist How to pronounce panelist (audio) \

Definition of panelist

: a member of a discussion or advisory panel or of a radio or television panel

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What dozens of panelists suggested during last weekend's three-day conference, however, was that this dispassionate approach may no longer be a reliable recipe for truth in the first place. Dan Singer, Dallas News, "At the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, writers talk triumphs, toils of exposing injustice," 25 July 2019 The panelists are columnist Mark Kiszla and beat reporters Ryan O’Halloran and Kyle Fredrickson. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Broncos Roundtable: What is Vic Fangio’s biggest training camp challenge?," 16 July 2019 The organization said more panelists are to be announced. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Former AGs Loretta Lynch, Jeff Sessions to discuss immigration in new season of Connecticut forum," 15 July 2019 The panelists are Daralene Jones of WFTV, Abe Aboraya of 90.7 WMFE and Xander Peters of Orlando Weekly. Hal Boedeker,, "Mike Chitwood, Alan Grayson, Donald Myers: Weekend TV guests," 27 June 2019 All four panelists were embarrassed about the visit. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Joy Behar wears sunglasses on 'The View' following cataract surgery," 5 June 2019 In Waterloo Friday, Mr. Booker presided over a discussion in which six of nine panelists were African-American. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "Cory Booker Stumps in Iowa Seeking Position as Obama’s Heir," 9 Feb. 2019 In each round, the panelists are presented with three people who claim to be the same person, with the same skill-set or job. Christina Dugan,, "Bob Saget Appears in Hilarious Reboot of the 1950s Classic Gameshow To Tell the Truth," 24 July 2019 Specht shared grim news: Two of his fellow panelists were too ill to return; the other had died of cancer. Bethonie Butler, Washington Post, "Jon Stewart’s ‘Daily Show’ changed how we consume news. His political influence still endures.," 19 June 2019

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of panelist

: a person who is a part of a group of people who answer questions, give advice or opinions, etc. : a person who is a member of a panel

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