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[es-ey-ist] /ˈɛs eɪ ɪst/
a writer of essays.
Origin of essayist
First recorded in 1600-10; essay + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • An American essayist bids us "keep our eyes on the fixed stars."

    Three Addresses to Girls at School James Maurice Wilson
  • Blessed with these attributes he is an essayist to some purpose.

    Views and Reviews William Ernest Henley
  • Yet it is not Inspiration for his Subject alone that makes the essayist.

    Maxim Gorki

    Hans Ostwald
  • The essayist remained musing on all the occurrences of the night.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • No essayist has so much feeling against terraces and villas.

    The Children Alice Meynell
British Dictionary definitions for essayist


a person who writes essays
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for essayist

c.1600, from essay (n.) + -ist. French essayiste (19c.) is from English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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