or en·cy·clo·pae·dist

[ en-sahy-kluh-pee-dist ]
/ ɛnˌsaɪ kləˈpi dɪst /


a compiler of or contributor to an encyclopedia.
(often initial capital letter) one of the collaborators on the French Encyclopedia.

Origin of encyclopedist

First recorded in 1645–55; encycloped(ia) + -ist
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Examples from the Web for encyclopedist

  • Thus it would be hard to escape contact with some group or other; only an encyclopedist could ever be half sure he had done so.

    Instigations|Ezra Pound
  • Before the Revolution it was the encyclopedist Condorcet who principally took the field for the equal rights of both sexes.

  • Though shaken to his very center, the pride of the Encyclopedist did not as yet give way.

    Ursula|Honore de Balzac
  • This was a scholar, a writer, an encyclopedist of to-morrow who liked the big Scot and to be in his company.

    Foes|Mary Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for encyclopedist



/ (ɛnˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːdɪst) /


a person who compiles or contributes to an encyclopedia

Derived forms of encyclopedist

encyclopedism or encyclopaedism, noun
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