[ jen-er-uh-list ]
/ ˈdʒɛn ər ə lɪst /


a person whose knowledge, aptitudes, and skills are applied to a field as a whole or to a variety of different fields (opposed to specialist).

Origin of generalist

First recorded in 1605–15; general + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for generalist


/ (ˈdʒɛnərəlɪst, ˈdʒɛnrə-) /


  1. a person who is knowledgeable in many fields of study
  2. (as modifier)a generalist profession
ecology an organism able to utilize many food sources and therefore able to flourish in many habitatsCompare specialist (def. 3)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for generalist


[ jĕnər-ə-lĭst ]


A physician whose practice is not oriented in a specific medical specialty but instead covers a variety of medical problems.
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