[ lob-ee-ist ]
/ ˈlɒb i ɪst /


a person who tries to influence legislation on behalf of a special interest; a member of a lobby.


Origin of lobbyist

First recorded in 1940–45; lobby + -ist
Related formslob·by·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lobbyist


/ (ˈlɒbɪɪst) /


a person employed by a particular interest to lobby
Derived Formslobbyism, noun
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Word Origin and History for lobbyist



1863, American English, from lobby (n.) in the political sense + -ist.

[A] strong lobbyist will permit himself to lose heavily at the poker-table, under the assumption that the great Congressman who wins the stake will look leniently upon the little appropriation he means to ask for. [George A. Townsend, "Events at the National Capital and the Campaign of 1876," Hartford, Conn., 1876]
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