a chronicler of events, especially yearly ones; historian.

Origin of annalist

1605–15; annal(s) + -ist, or < French annaliste
Related formsan·nal·is·tic, adjectivean·nal·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedanalyst annalist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for annalist

"one who keeps a chronicle of events by year," 1610s, from French analiste; see annals + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper