[ ahr-kuh-vist, -kahy- ]
/ ˈɑr kə vɪst, -kaɪ- /


a person responsible for preserving, organizing, or servicing archival material.


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Origin of archivist

From the French word archiviste, dating back to 1745–55. See archive, -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for archivist

/ (ˈɑːkɪvɪst) /


a person in charge of archives, their collection, and cataloguing
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