or en·cy·clo·pae·dist



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

Nearby words

  1. encyclical,
  2. encyclopaedia,
  3. encyclopedia,
  4. encyclopedic,
  5. encyclopedism,
  6. encyst,
  7. encysted calculus,
  8. end,
  9. end around,
  10. end artery

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




a person who compiles or contributes to an encyclopedia
Derived Formsencyclopedism or encyclopaedism, noun

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