[kol-uh m-nist, -uh-mist]


the writer or editor of a newspaper or magazine column.

Origin of columnist

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; column + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for columnist

writer, reporter, correspondent

Examples from the Web for columnist

Contemporary Examples of columnist

Historical Examples of columnist

  • Every columnist in town had something to say about that last installment of his novel.

    Black Oxen

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

  • A financial consultant and columnist, he lived and published in 11 countries.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • The report, in the words of a Chicago columnist, was just "64 dam pages."

    The Knack of Managing

    Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson

British Dictionary definitions for columnist



a journalist who writes a regular feature in a newspapera gossip columnist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for columnist

1920, from column in the newspaper sense + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper