a person whose profession is dentistry.

Origin of dentist

1750–60; < French dentiste, equivalent to dent tooth (see dent2) + -iste -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a person qualified to practise dentistry

Word Origin for dentist

C18: from French dentiste, from dent tooth
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Word Origin and History for dentist

1759, from French dentiste, from dent "tooth," from Latin dens (see tooth) + -ist.

Dentist figures it now in our newspapers, and may do well enough for a French puffer, but we fancy Rutter is content with being called a tooth-drawer ["Edinburgh Chronicle," Sept. 15, 1759].

Tooth-drawer is attested from late 14c.

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dentist in Medicine




A person who is trained and licensed to practice dentistry.
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