sys·​tem·​a·​tist ˈsi-stə-mə-tist How to pronounce systematist (audio) si-ˈste-mə- How to pronounce systematist (audio)
: a maker or follower of a system
: a specialist in taxonomy : taxonomist

Examples of systematist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Morton Arboretum herbarium director and plant systematist Andrew Hipp would lead an audit of the molecular makeup of any samples from the trip before slotting them into their rightful branch on the tree of life. Marion Renault, The New Republic, 20 Dec. 2021 To reconstruct the mighty American oak’s history, Andrew Hipp, a plant systematist at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, and colleagues obtained tens of thousands of pieces of DNA from 300 trees representing 146 oak species. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 26 Sep. 2017

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'systematist.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of systematist was in 1635

Dictionary Entries Near systematist

Cite this Entry

“Systematist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


sys·​tem·​a·​tist ˈsis-tə-mət-əst How to pronounce systematist (audio)
: a classifying scientist : taxonomist
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!