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specialist

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noun
  1. a person who devotes himself or herself to one subject or to one particular branch of a subject or pursuit.
  2. a medical practitioner who devotes attention to a particular class of diseases, patients, etc.
  3. U.S. Army. an enlisted person of one of four grades having technical or administrative duties, the grades corresponding to those of corporal through sergeant first class but not requiring the exercise of command.
  4. Stock Exchange. a member of an exchange who executes orders in his or her name or for other stockbrokers in a single stock or a particular group of stocks and thus helps maintain the market in those securities on that exchange.
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Origin of specialist

First recorded in 1855–60; special + -ist
Related formsnon·spe·cial·ist, noun, adjectivepre·spe·cial·ist, nounsub·spe·cial·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for specialist

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  • The zany was progenitor to the specialist in humor, as we to-day have the unhappiness to know him.

  • A specialist who knows everything about something and nothing about anything else.

  • He leaves it to the specialist, which is as if he should leave his dinner to be eaten by a steam-engine.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • I'm going to set up as a specialist, a brain specialist, for clams.

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    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The specialist has been described as a "man who knows more and more about less and less."

    Disowned

    Victor Endersby


British Dictionary definitions for specialist

specialist

noun
    1. a person who specializes in or devotes himself to a particular area of activity, field of research, etc
    2. (as modifier)specialist knowledge
  1. an enlisted rank in the US Army denoting technical qualifications that entitle the holder to a noncommissioned officer's pay
  2. ecology an organism that has special nutritional requirements and lives in a restricted habitat that provides theseCompare generalist
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Derived Formsspecialistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for specialist

n.

1856 (originally in the medical sense); see special + -ist.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

specialist in Medicine

specialist

(spĕshə-lĭst)
n.
  1. A physician whose practice is limited to a particular branch of medicine or surgery, especially one who is certified by a board of physicians.
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