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alchemist

[al-kuh-mist]
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noun
  1. a person who is versed in or practices alchemy.
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Origin of alchemist

1350–1400; Middle English alkamist; probably < Medieval Latin alchymista, equivalent to alchym(ia) alchemy + -ista -ist

Alchemist, The

noun
  1. a comedy (1610) by Ben Jonson.
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Examples from the Web for alchemist

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  • The alchemist, hearing of the royal intention, again determined to fly.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • The alchemist acted on the hint, and began his experiments, working night and day.

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    Samuel Smiles

  • "You must take me there," said Paul, smiling good-humoredly at the reference to the alchemist.

    Paul Patoff

    F. Marion Crawford

  • He was not exactly an alchemist; he was an astrologer, and there are the ruins of his tower in the park.

    Paul Patoff

    F. Marion Crawford

  • She was more than a merely good cook; she was an alchemist in food stuffs.

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    Edna Ferber


British Dictionary definitions for alchemist

alchemist

noun
  1. a person who practises alchemy
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Word Origin and History for alchemist

n.

1510s, from Middle French alquemiste, from Medieval Latin alchimista (see alchemy). Earlier forms were alchemister (late 14c.), alkanamyer (late 15c.).

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