styl·​ist ˈstī-list How to pronounce stylist (audio)
: a master or model of style
especially : a writer or speaker who is eminent in matters of style
: a person (such as a writer or singer) noted for a distinctive style
: a person who develops, designs, or advises on styles

Examples of stylist in a Sentence

She is a fine literary stylist. although she usually dresses her own hair, the bride-to-be decided to go to a professional stylist before the big day
Recent Examples on the Web For this story, Calin spoke to celebrity stylists and costume designers about the latest trends in fashionable winter boots. Calin Van Paris, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 Residents get free haircuts from trainee stylists in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Jan. 14, 2024. Jae C. Hong and Aniruddha Ghosal The Associated Press,, 10 Feb. 2024 While the spa doesn’t have a salon, the team can arrange hair stylists for on-site appointments. Lane Nieset, Travel + Leisure, 7 Feb. 2024 Beyoncé teased the line with a short video featuring clips of women with all different hair textures, including Beyoncé, styling their hair, as well as a clip of a young Beyonce standing aside her hair stylist mother Tina. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 7 Feb. 2024 While running as John McCain’s vice president in 2008, Sarah Palin’s team hired stylist Lisa A. Kline and spent $150,000 on a brand new wardrobe (much of which Kline said was returned). Makena Kelly, WIRED, 6 Feb. 2024 And according to the stylist, there’s no drama inside the salon walls. Lindy Segal, Glamour, 1 Feb. 2024 Participants include a variety of creative individuals, from veteran designers to stylists and DIY fans. Melissa Oyler, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The hair community has become an investment for women of color and their stylists. Celeste Polanco, Essence, 26 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of stylist was in 1795

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Cite this Entry

“Stylist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


styl·​ist ˈstī-ləst How to pronounce stylist (audio)
: a person known for an outstanding style
a song stylist
a prose stylist
: one who develops, designs, or advises on styles
a hair stylist

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