[ op-tuh-mist ]
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  1. an optimistic person.

  2. a person who holds the belief or the doctrine of optimism.

Origin of optimist

First recorded in 1760–70; from French optimiste, from Latin optim(um) (see optimum) + French -iste -ist

Other words from optimist

  • an·ti·op·ti·mist, noun, adjective
  • o·ver·op·ti·mist, noun
  • su·per·op·ti·mist, noun

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