psy·​chi·​a·​trist sə-ˈkī-ə-trist How to pronounce psychiatrist (audio)
plural psychiatrists
: a medical doctor who diagnoses and treats mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders : a specialist in psychiatry

Examples of psychiatrist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to work and home, Donya also makes regular visits to Dr. Anthony (Gregg Turkington), a psychiatrist who offers pro bono counseling to refugees. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2023 The building has a gym, a computer room, a laundry room, a bike room, and an outdoor plaza, as well as a team of service providers that includes psychiatrists, a doctor, a nurse practitioner, and an employment specialist. Jennifer Egan, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 Prolonged grief syndrome, a diagnosis that was recently added to the manual psychiatrists use to treat patients, proposes that there is a pathological level of grief that should be and can be treated by professionals. Emmett Lindner, New York Times, 11 Sep. 2023 When the character is taken in by police after a violent incident, Jones’ character gets a psychiatric assessment from prison psychiatrist Evelyn (Past Lives actress Jojo T. Gibbs) and tells her his life story. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Aug. 2023 El Rio's adolescent behavioral health program, which includes a child and adolescent psychiatrist, launched in June 2022, and almost everyone on the provider team from that program speaks Spanish, Seaney said. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 23 Aug. 2023 Lapointe said New Hampshire Hospital, which is run by the state, will be better equipped to provide services given its staff of licensed psychiatrists, licensed psychologists, nurse practitioners, and psychiatric social work staff. Amanda Gokee,, 31 Aug. 2023 Your child's doctor will likely refer you to a specialist—usually a psychologist or psychiatrist—who can properly assess your child for ODD or any other behavioral disorder. Gia Miller, Parents, 31 Aug. 2023 If you are ultimately diagnosed with an eating disorder, for example, a typical treatment team includes a therapist, a dietitian, a primary care provider, and sometimes a psychiatrist. Christine Byrne, Mph, SELF, 28 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of psychiatrist was in 1869

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Cite this Entry

“Psychiatrist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a specialist in psychiatry

Medical Definition


psy·​chi·​a·​trist sə-ˈkī-ə-trəst How to pronounce psychiatrist (audio) sī- How to pronounce psychiatrist (audio)
: a physician specializing in psychiatry

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