[ sah-mist ]
/ ˈsɑ mɪst /


an author of psalms.
the Psalmist, David, the traditional author of the Psalms.

Origin of psalmist

From the Late Latin word psalmista, dating back to 1475–85. See psalm, -ist
Related formsan·ti·psalm·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for psalmist


/ (ˈsɑːmɪst) /


the composer of a psalm or psalms, esp (when capital and preceded by the) David, traditionally regarded as the author of The Book of Psalms
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Word Origin and History for psalmist



late 15c. (replacing psalmistre, late 14c.), from Middle French psalmiste and directly from Church Latin psalmista, from Ecclesiastical Greek psalmistes, from psalmizein "to sing psalms," from psalmos (see psalm).

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