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  1. a chronicler of events, especially yearly ones; historian.
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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
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Related Words for annalist

historian, professor, writer, teacher, recorder, historiographer, annalist, chronicler

Examples from the Web for annalist

Historical Examples of annalist

  • As the Turkish annalist says, “Torghūd had become the drawn sword of Islam.”

    The Story of the Barbary Corsairs

    Stanley Lane-Poole

  • An annalist of Worms is quoted about Dorso's operations on the upper Rhine in 1231.


    William Graham Sumner

  • Dr. Holmes, the annalist, says, that tea began to be used in New England in 1720.

    Tea Leaves


  • It was to the first of these visitations that the annalist Clyn succumbed.

  • This is just the point at which the historian diverges from the annalist.

Word Origin and History for annalist


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

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