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noun (formerly)
  1. ophthalmologist.
  2. optometrist.
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Origin of oculist

From the French word oculiste, dating back to 1605–15. See ocul-, -ist
Related formsoc·u·lis·tic, adjective

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Related Words for oculist

ophthalmologist, optometrist, oculist

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Historical Examples of oculist

  • The oculist from whom you obtained your lenses will tell you their magnifying power.

    Harper's Young People, July 20, 1880


  • Eleven came, and with it the oculist, and by luncheon time I had a second blue eye!

    Man and Maid

    Elinor Glyn

  • He spent a miserable night, and went next day to Louvain, to see the oculist.

    The Martian

    George Du Maurier

  • And then the oculist suggested that we should have a look at Sholto.

  • The oculist turned to us with an expression of acute interest.

British Dictionary definitions for oculist


  1. med a former term for ophthalmologist
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Word Origin for oculist

C17: via French from Latin oculus eye
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for oculist


"eye doctor," 1610s, from French oculiste (16c.), from Latin oculus "an eye" (see eye (n.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

oculist in Medicine


  1. A physician who specializes in treating diseases of the eyes; an ophthalmologist.
  2. An optometrist.
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