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[math-uh-muh-tish-uh n] /ˌmæθ ə məˈtɪʃ ən/
an expert or specialist in mathematics.
Origin of mathematician
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50, mathematician is from the late Middle English word mathematicion. See mathematics, -ian
Related forms
nonmathematician, noun Unabridged
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  • Had I been rich,” said he, “I should probably not have become a mathematician.

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  • The distinction between the mathematician and the dialectician is also noticeable.

    The Republic Plato
  • The dialectician is as much above the mathematician as the mathematician is above the ordinary man.

    The Republic Plato
  • Assuredly not, he said; I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.

    The Republic Plato
  • That is the question, and the state of the odds may be reckoned by the mathematician.

British Dictionary definitions for mathematician


/ˌmæθəməˈtɪʃən; ˌmæθmə-/
an expert or specialist in mathematics
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Word Origin and History for mathematician

early 15c., from Middle French mathematicien, from mathematique, from Latin mathematicus (see mathematic).

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