a specialist in economics.
Archaic. a thrifty or frugal person.

Origin of economist

First recorded in 1580–90; econom(y) + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of economist

  • The author is an artist in life and an economist in expression.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Failing this the economist could wash his hands of the poor.

  • The Vicomtesse was an economist of words, and explained herself no further.


    Henry Seton Merriman

  • So far as I know, there is no economist of note who makes any objection to that statement.

  • The French economist Métin states this view-point very well.

    The New World of Islam

    Lothrop Stoddard

British Dictionary definitions for economist



a specialist in economics
archaic a person who advocates or practises frugality
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Word Origin and History for economist

1580s, "household manager," from Middle French économiste; meaning "student of political economy" is from 1804; see economy + -ist.

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