sci·​en·​tist | \ ˈsī-ən-tist How to pronounce scientist (audio) \

Definition of scientist

1 : a person learned in science and especially natural science : a scientific investigator
2 capitalized : christian scientist

Examples of scientist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Jungle Cruise, Blunt plays a scientist who enlists the help of a riverboat captain (Dwayne Johnson) to find a jungle tree with healing powers. James Hibberd,, "Summer 2020 movies: Here are the new release dates," 22 June 2020 What a scientist is not supposed to do is add so many assumptions that their model can fit any data. Sabine Hossenfelder, Scientific American, "The Truth about Scientific Models," 18 June 2020 Siemion is the lead scientist on the Breakthrough Listen project, the largest SETI experiment ever undertaken. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "The Trouble With Counting Aliens," 18 June 2020 Twitter has reinstated the account of controversial finance site Zero Hedge, suspended in January for allegedly doxxing a Chinese scientist. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "The ‘one transaction’ that could solve the racial wealth gap," 17 June 2020 Newton took these notes while studying the work of Jan Baptiste Van Helmont, a renowned chemist in the 17th century and a prominent practicing medical scientist at the time. Francesca Giuliani-hoffman, CNN, "Sir Isaac Newton considered curing the plague with toad vomit lozenges, a manuscript reveals," 17 June 2020 An alternative intellectual universe was constructed, with its own sciences and academic establishment, to insure that everyone involved would see himself as normal, as a scientist doing science. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Revisiting Mengele’s Malignant “Race Science”," 15 June 2020 But his sister felt stifled as a scientist and longed to study at American universities. Corey Kilgannon,, "Eva Konrad Hawkins, Marine Scientist Who Fled Hungary, Dies at 90," 12 June 2020 Els Torreele is a biomedical scientist and advocate for access to medical innovation who worked with Médecins Sans Frontières, Open Society Foundations, and the Drugs for Neglected Disease initiative. Els Torreele, STAT, "Collective intelligence, not market competition, will deliver the best Covid-19 vaccine," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of scientist

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scientist

Latin scientia

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The first known use of scientist was in 1834

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26 Jun 2020

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“Scientist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scientist

: a person who is trained in a science and whose job involves doing scientific research or solving scientific problems


sci·​en·​tist | \ ˈsī-ən-təst How to pronounce scientist (audio) \

Kids Definition of scientist

: a person who studies, specializes in, or investigates a field of science and does scientific work


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Medical Definition of scientist

: a person learned in science and especially natural science : a scientific investigator

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