[sahy-uh n-tist]


an expert in science, especially one of the physical or natural sciences.

Origin of scientist

1825–35; < Latin scient(ia) science + -ist
Related formsnon·sci·en·tist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for scientist

analyst, expert, physicist, chemist, examiner, tester, prober

Examples from the Web for scientist

Contemporary Examples of scientist

Historical Examples of scientist

  • If one were not a scientist one might be tempted to say there is no progress.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Kingozi stirred uneasily, turning his eyes in the direction of the scientist.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • A mineral that gives off heat and stimulates the organ that a scientist is a fool with.

  • Von Holzen was only a scientist, a fact of which he assured his colleagues repeatedly.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Then a scientist in any field knew something of the science in all fields.

British Dictionary definitions for scientist



a person who studies or practises any of the sciences or who uses scientific methods



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Word Origin and History for scientist

1834, a hybrid coined from Latin scientia (see science) by the Rev. William Whewell (1794-1866), English polymath, by analogy with artist, in the same paragraph in which he coined physicist (q.v.).

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