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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Historical Examples of lobbyist

  • It could not be that she would descend to the plane of a lobbyist!

  • It was the haunt of the concession-monger; of the lobbyist; of the men who wanted something.

    A Tramp's Notebook

    Morley Roberts

  • By the way, what do you think of my going there, and setting up as a lobbyist?

    Love in a Cloud

    Arlo Bates

  • It pleases Mrs. Taine to be, in the world of art, a lobbyist.

    The Eyes of the World

    Harold Bell Wright

  • No lobbyist had the faintest idea of "approaching" the old man in that way.

    In the Arena

    Booth Tarkington

British Dictionary definitions for lobbyist



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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