spe·​cial·​ist | \ ˈspe-sh(ə-)list How to pronounce specialist (audio) \

Definition of specialist

1 : one who specializes in a particular occupation, practice, or field of study a specialist in disorders of the immune system a specialist in international law "What does Dr. James Mortimer, the man of science, ask of Sherlock Holmes, the specialist in crime?"— Arthur Conan Doyle
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

Other Words from specialist

specialist or specialistic \ ˌspe-​shə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce specialist (audio) \ adjective

Examples of specialist in a Sentence

She consulted a marketing specialist when she decided to go into business. He saw a specialist for his foot problem.
Recent Examples on the Web Michael Bouhanna, vice president, contemporary art specialist and co-head of digital art at Sotheby’s, asked Musk on Twitter to remove the profile picture (pfp) or give him credit. Taylor Locke, Fortune, 4 May 2022 The group also ramped up its activity across the country, said Abdul Sayed, a security specialist and researcher who tracks ISIS-K and other jihadist groups. New York Times, 1 May 2022 An explosives specialist from the Ukrainian military spent an hour crawling on the floor of Andriy ​​Rhyzenko’s bedroom in search of Russian booby traps, combing through his belongings scattered wall-to-wall by occupying forces. Phil Mccausland, NBC News, 27 Apr. 2022 What Experts Say About Training Your Shoulders For Samuel and sports performance specialist and injury prevention expert Dr. John Rusin, isolating the front delts is an antiquated practice at best and a risky decision at worst. Tyler Hatfield, Men's Health, 26 Apr. 2022 Jon Traunfeld, extension specialist and director at the University of Maryland Extension Home & Garden Information Center, will join us to offer his expertise on the topic. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 Financial crime specialist and crypto expert Nik Horniacek fell for his first NFT scam in December. Laura Romero, ABC News, 20 Apr. 2022 In some markets, Verizon will offer a sign-on bonus for retail specialist and assistant manager positions. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 19 Apr. 2022 In many markets across the U.S., Verizon is also offering a sign-on bonus for retail specialist and assistant manager positions, according to the press release. Mary Ellen Cagnassola, PEOPLE.com, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of specialist

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of specialist was in 1836

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“Specialist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specialist. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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spe·​cial·​ist | \ ˈspe-shə-list How to pronounce specialist (audio) \

Kids Definition of specialist

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


spe·​cial·​ist | \ ˈspesh-(ə-)ləst How to pronounce specialist (audio) \

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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