[ noh-bel-ist ]
/ noʊˈbɛl ɪst /
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a person who is awarded a Nobel prize.
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Origin of Nobelist

First recorded in 1940–45; Nobel (prize) + -ist
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022


What is a Nobelist?

A Nobelist is a recipient of the Nobel Prize, an award given annually for outstanding achievement in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine or physiology, literature, and economics, and for the promotion of peace.

Nobelists are more commonly called Nobel laureates.

The Nobel Prize is widely considered one of the most prestigious awards in such fields. Each specific award is referred to with the name of the field it was awarded in, as in the Nobel Prize in Physics. The Nobel Prize awarded for the promotion of peace is popularly called the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nobelists are chosen by an international committee based in Sweden, with the exception of the peace prize, which is awarded in Oslo by a committee of the Norwegian parliament. They receive a medal and a sizable cash prize.

Example: Marie Curie was the first Nobelist to be awarded the Nobel Prize twice.

Where does Nobelist come from?

The Nobel Prize is named after its founder, Alfred Nobel, a Swedish chemist, inventor, and entrepreneur who is best remembered for establishing the Nobel Prize and for inventing dynamite (among many other things). He established the prizes in his will to be awarded to “to those who, during the preceding year, have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind.”

Nobelist combines the name Nobel with the suffix -ist, which can be used to refer to people associated with something particular.

The Nobel Prizes were established in 1901 but first awarded in 1910. Notable Nobelists include Marie Curie (the first Nobel laureate to win twice—for physics in 1903 and for chemistry prize in 1911), Albert Einstein (physics; 1921), Martin Luther King, Jr. (peace; 1964), and Malala Yousafzai (peace; 2014), among many others.

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How is Nobelist used in real life?

Nobelists are more commonly called Nobel laureates. They are generally regarded as luminaries in their fields. Receiving the Nobel Prize is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious honors in the world.


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