[nach-er-uh-list, nach-ruh-]


a person who studies or is an expert in natural history, especially a zoologist or botanist.
an adherent of naturalism in literature or art.

Nearby words

  1. natural virtues,
  2. natural wastage,
  3. natural-born,
  4. naturalise,
  5. naturalism,
  6. naturalistic,
  7. naturalistic fallacy,
  8. naturality,
  9. naturalization,
  10. naturalize

Origin of naturalist

First recorded in 1580–90; natural + -ist

Related formsan·ti·nat·u·ral·ist, noun, adjectivenon·nat·u·ral·ist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for naturalist



a person who is expert or interested in botany or zoology, esp in the field
a person who advocates or practises naturalism, esp in art or literature
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Word Origin and History for naturalist



"student of plants and animals," c.1600, from French naturaliste, from natural (see natural (adj.)). Earlier "one who studies natural, rather than spiritual, things" (1580s).

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Science definitions for naturalist



A person who specializes in natural history, especially in the study of plants and animals in their natural surroundings.
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