[ jur-nl-ist ]
/ ˈdʒɜr nl ɪst /


a person who practices the occupation or profession of journalism.
a person who keeps a journal, diary, or other record of daily events.

Origin of journalist

First recorded in 1685–95; journal + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for journalist


/ (ˈdʒɜːnəlɪst) /


a person whose occupation is journalism
a person who keeps a journal
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

Word Origin and History for journalist



1690s, "one whose work is to write or edit public journals or newspapers," from journal + -ist. Meaning "one who keeps a journal" is from 1712. Related: Journalistic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper