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[si-kahy-uh-trist, sahy-]
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  1. a physician who practices psychiatry.
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Origin of psychiatrist

First recorded in 1885–90; psychiatr(y) + -ist
Can be confusedpsychiatrist psychologist psychoanalyst psychotherapist
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for psychiatrist

doctor, therapist, psychoanalyst, psychotherapist, psychologist, clinician, shrink

Examples from the Web for psychiatrist

Contemporary Examples of psychiatrist

Historical Examples of psychiatrist

  • The psychiatrist who'd muttered: "Impossible," was still muttering it.

    That Sweet Little Old Lady

    Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)

  • George said he had tried to get her to see a psychiatrist but she refused.


    Richard R. Smith

  • The program is usually under the direction of a psychiatrist.

  • The psychiatrist can diagnose anything from rum-thirst to sudden death.


    James Huneker

  • Let's face it, any psychiatrist will tell you that's enough cause for neurosis.

    Know Thy Neighbor

    Elisabeth R. Lewis

Word Origin and History for psychiatrist


1875, from psychiatry + -ist.

A psychiatrist is a man who goes to the Folies Bergère and looks at the audience. [Anglican Bishop Mervyn Stockwood, 1961]

An older name was mad-doctor (1703); also psychiater "expert in mental diseases" (1852), from Greek psyche + iatros. Also cf. alienist.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

psychiatrist in Medicine


(sĭ-kīə-trĭst, sī-)
  1. A physician who specializes in psychiatry.
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