[math-uh-muh-tish-uh n]


an expert or specialist in mathematics.

Origin of mathematician

First recorded in 1400–50, mathematician is from the late Middle English word mathematicion. See mathematics, -ian
Related formsnon·math·e·ma·ti·cian, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Had I been rich,” said he, “I should probably not have become a mathematician.


    Samuel Smiles

  • The distinction between the mathematician and the dialectician is also noticeable.

  • The dialectician is as much above the mathematician as the mathematician is above the ordinary man.

  • Assuredly not, he said; I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.

  • That is the question, and the state of the odds may be reckoned by the mathematician.

British Dictionary definitions for mathematician



an expert or specialist in mathematics
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Word Origin and History for mathematician

early 15c., from Middle French mathematicien, from mathematique, from Latin mathematicus (see mathematic).

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