a person who belongs to a reserve military force of a country.

Origin of reservist

First recorded in 1875–80; reserve + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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one who serves in the reserve formations of a nation's armed forces
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Word Origin and History for reservist

"soldier who belongs to the reserves," 1872, from French réserviste, from reserver (see reserve (v.)).

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