[ nach-er-uh-list, nach-ruh- ]
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  1. a person who studies or is an expert in natural history, especially a zoologist or botanist.

  2. an adherent of naturalism in literature or art.

Origin of naturalist

First recorded in 1580–90; natural + -ist

Other words from naturalist

  • an·ti·nat·u·ral·ist, noun, adjective
  • non·nat·u·ral·ist, noun

Words that may be confused with naturalist

Words Nearby naturalist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use naturalist in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for naturalist


/ (ˈnætʃrəlɪst, -tʃərəl-) /

  1. a person who is expert or interested in botany or zoology, esp in the field

  2. a person who advocates or practises naturalism, esp in art or literature

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Scientific definitions for naturalist


[ năchər-ə-lĭst ]

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

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