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  1. a writer of essays.
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Origin of essayist

First recorded in 1600–10; essay + -ist
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Related Words for essayist

producer, creator, writer, columnist, journalist, composer, poet, reporter, biographer, correspondent, author, critic, novelist, dramatist, editor, essayist, screenwriter, ghost, originator, playwright

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Contemporary Examples of essayist

Historical Examples of essayist

  • An American essayist bids us "keep our eyes on the fixed stars."

  • Blessed with these attributes he is an essayist to some purpose.

    Views and Reviews

    William Ernest Henley

  • Yet it is not Inspiration for his Subject alone that makes the Essayist.

    Maxim Gorki

    Hans Ostwald

  • The essayist remained musing on all the occurrences of the night.

  • No essayist has so much feeling against terraces and villas.

    The Children

    Alice Meynell

British Dictionary definitions for essayist


  1. a person who writes essays
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Word Origin and History for essayist


c.1600, from essay (n.) + -ist. French essayiste (19c.) is from English.

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