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  1. an author of psalms.
  2. the Psalmist, David, the traditional author of the Psalms.
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Origin of psalmist

From the Late Latin word psalmista, dating back to 1475–85. See psalm, -ist
Related formsan·ti·psalm·ist, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for psalmist

Historical Examples

  • The Psalmist says distinctly that God has commanded his angels to guide us in all our ways.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • Let us imitate the psalmist: "We will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings."

  • Only to-day the words of the Psalmist were revealed to me. '

    Legends of the Rhine

    Wilhelm Ruland

  • So the psalmist says, “The righteous shall not lack anything that is good.”

  • Yea, the Psalmist crieth, ‘Numquid adhaeret Tibi sedes iniquitatis?’

    In Convent Walls

    Emily Sarah Holt

British Dictionary definitions for psalmist


  1. 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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