scientist

[ sahy-uh n-tist ]
/ ˈsaɪ ən tɪst /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. scientific name,
  2. scientific notation,
  3. scientific socialism,
  4. scientific theory,
  5. scientism,
  6. scientistic,
  7. scientize,
  8. scientology,
  9. scil.,
  10. scilicet

Origin of scientist

1825–35; < Latin scient(ia) science + -ist

Related formsnon·sci·en·tist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for scientist

scientist

/ (ˈsaɪəntɪst) /

noun

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

Scientist

/ (ˈsaɪəntɪst) /

noun

Christian Science Christ as supreme spiritual healer
short for Christian ScientistSee Christian Scientist
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Word Origin and History for scientist

scientist

n.

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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