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[kol-uh m-nist, -uh-mist] /ˈkɒl əm nɪst, -ə mɪst/
the writer or editor of a newspaper or magazine column.
Origin of columnist
An Americanism dating back to 1915-20; column + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Every columnist in town had something to say about that last installment of his novel.

    Black Oxen

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • A financial consultant and columnist, he lived and published in 11 countries.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • The report, in the words of a Chicago columnist, was just "64 dam pages."

    The Knack of Managing

    Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson
British Dictionary definitions for columnist


/ˈkɒləmɪst; -əmnɪst/
a journalist who writes a regular feature in a newspaper: a gossip columnist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for columnist

1920, from column in the newspaper sense + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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