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[ok-yuh-list] /ˈɒk yə lɪst/
noun, (formerly)
Origin of oculist
From the French word oculiste, dating back to 1605-15. See ocul-, -ist
Related forms
oculistic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for oculist
Historical Examples
  • The oculist from whom you obtained your lenses will tell you their magnifying power.

  • Eleven came, and with it the oculist, and by luncheon time I had a second blue eye!

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • He spent a miserable night, and went next day to Louvain, to see the oculist.

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • And then the oculist suggested that we should have a look at Sholto.

    The Mystery of the Green Ray William Le Queux
  • The oculist turned to us with an expression of acute interest.

    The Mystery of the Green Ray William Le Queux
  • She had been to an oculist, who found that the trouble was in her eyes.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Dentists are a factor of Zion City, and it is said he also used an oculist.

  • The oculist then studies the length of the eye and the muscle of accommodation.

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
  • Among wonderful things is a sore-eyed man who is an oculist.

    Book of Wise Sayings W. A. Clouston
  • The remedy then is to consult an oculist and get a pair of cylindrical eyeglasses.

    Pleasures of the telescope Garrett Serviss
British Dictionary definitions for oculist


(med) a former term for ophthalmologist
Word Origin
C17: via French from Latin oculus eye
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Word Origin and History for oculist

"eye doctor," 1610s, from French oculiste (16c.), from Latin oculus "an eye" (see eye (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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oculist in Medicine

oculist oc·u·list (ŏk'yə-lĭst)

  1. A physician who specializes in treating diseases of the eyes; an ophthalmologist.

  2. An optometrist.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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