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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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  • 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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