- a person who devotes himself or herself to one subject or to one particular branch of a subject or pursuit.
- a medical practitioner who devotes attention to a particular class of diseases, patients, etc.
- U.S. Army. an enlisted person of one of four grades having technical or administrative duties, the grades corresponding to those of corporal through sergeant first class but not requiring the exercise of command.
- Stock Exchange. a member of an exchange who executes orders in his or her name or for other stockbrokers in a single stock or a particular group of stocks and thus helps maintain the market in those securities on that exchange.
Origin of specialist
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Examples from the Web for specialist
I knew only that the hit was commissioned; the man who took the contract was a specialist.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
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Without this specialist 24-hour care Ashya is at risk of additional health complications, which place him at substantial risk.Desperate Parents Arrested After Fleeing Britain For Other Treatment Options for Son in Europe
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This “makes the patient have a more negative attitude toward games,” one specialist says.‘Love Child’ Game Over: Internet Addicts Let Their Baby Starve to Death
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If you travel very often (perhaps for work), it pays to sit down with a specialist.Can Changing Time Zones Affect Your Health?
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So Specialist BJ with the call sign of "Butter-Cup" sleep on and take your rest.The Names You Don’t Hear: Nearly 200 Women Have Died in Iraq and Afghanistan
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The zany was progenitor to the specialist in humor, as we to-day have the unhappiness to know him.
A specialist who knows everything about something and nothing about anything else.
He leaves it to the specialist, which is as if he should leave his dinner to be eaten by a steam-engine.Howards End
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I'm going to set up as a specialist, a brain specialist, for clams.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
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The specialist has been described as a "man who knows more and more about less and less."Disowned
- a person who specializes in or devotes himself to a particular area of activity, field of research, etc
- (as modifier)specialist knowledge
- an enlisted rank in the US Army denoting technical qualifications that entitle the holder to a noncommissioned officer's pay
- ecology an organism that has special nutritional requirements and lives in a restricted habitat that provides theseCompare generalist
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Word Origin and History for specialist
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A physician whose practice is limited to a particular branch of medicine or surgery, especially one who is certified by a board of physicians.
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