specialist

noun spe·cial·ist \ ˈspe-sh(ə-)list \

Definition of specialist

1 :one who specializes in a particular occupation, practice, or branch of learning
2 :an enlisted rank in the U.S. Army corresponding to the grade of corporal; also :any of several former enlisted ranks corresponding to the grades of sergeant through sergeant major
3 :an organism (such as a bird) specialized especially in food or habitat

specialist

or specialistic play \ˌspe-shə-ˈli-stik\ adjective

Examples of specialist in a Sentence

  1. She consulted a marketing specialist when she decided to go into business.

  2. He saw a specialist for his foot problem.

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First Known Use of specialist

1836



SPECIALIST Defined for English Language Learners

specialist

noun

Definition of specialist for English Language Learners

  • : a person who has special knowledge and skill relating to a particular job, area of study, etc.

  • : a doctor who deals with health problems that relate to a specific area of medicine

  • : a rank in the U.S. Army that is above the rank of private and below the rank of corporal


SPECIALIST Defined for Kids

specialist

noun spe·cial·ist \ ˈspe-shə-list \

Definition of specialist for Students

1 :a person who studies or works at a special occupation or branch of learning
  • a specialist in animal behavior
  • an eye specialist
2 :an enlisted person in the army with a rank similar to that of corporal

Medical Dictionary

specialist

noun spe·cial·ist \ ˈspesh-(ə-)ləst \

medical Definition of specialist

:a medical practitioner whose practice is limited to a particular class of patients (as children) or of diseases (as skin diseases) or of technique (as surgery); especially :a physician who is qualified by advanced training and certification by a specialty examining board to so limit his or her practice


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