pres·​er·​va·​tion·​ist | \ ˌpre-zər-ˈvā-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce preservationist (audio) \

Definition of preservationist

: one who advocates preservation (as of a biological species or a historical landmark)

Examples of preservationist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tom Yablonsky, the preservationist and community developer who helped lay the groundwork for downtown Cleveland’s Gateway and Warehouse District neighborhoods, is retiring. cleveland, 13 Sep. 2021 The upcoming auction is made possible by the estate of Martin T. Carey, a historic preservationist who owned Winfield Hall for 42 years, from 1978 until his death last year. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 28 June 2021 Cincinnati historic preservationist Deqah Hussein-Wetzel and New York City reporter and podcaster Vanessa Quirk set out to fill in the blanks in their new podcast. Sarah Michels, The Enquirer, 26 June 2021 Thea Tjepkema, a historic preservationist and volunteer for Friends of Music Hall, took me on a Music Hall exterior mini-tour when the building reopened in 2017 after massive renovations. Kathrine Nero, The Enquirer, 7 June 2021 She’s a cultural preservationist who uses community dinners as a way to preserve Black food traditions. Kwin Mosby, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 May 2021 Maguire, a former Paisley tour guide, has been promoted from preservationist/archivist. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 Wolff said that Stephen McNair, the preservationist who led the campaign to establish the flag, had enthusiastically supported the crew’s appropriation of it. al, 20 May 2021 In other words, the architectural inspiration for the high-end preservationist Villages at Staunton is the actual handiwork of an inmate population that supplied a steady stream of eugenics test subjects on DeJarnette’s watch. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of preservationist

1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Preservationist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of preservationist

: someone who works to preserve something (such as a building or an area of land)

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