linguist

[ling-gwist]
noun
1.
a specialist in linguistics.
2.
a person who is skilled in several languages; polyglot.

Origin:
1580–90; < Latin lingu(a) tongue, speech + -ist

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linguist (ˈlɪŋɡwɪst)
 
n
1.  a person who has the capacity to learn and speak foreign languages
2.  a person who studies linguistics
3.  esp (W African), (Ghanaian) the spokesman for a chief
 
[C16: from Latin lingua tongue]

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linguist
1580s, "a master of language, one who uses his tongue freely," from L. lingua "language, tongue" (see lingual). Meaning "a student of language" first attested 1640s.
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Example sentences
Army linguist once stationed at the site, the listening station was subject to high winds, due to its height.
He had a linguist rate each sample for density of ideas and grammatical complexity.
My linguist colleagues are all highly educated, extremely interesting people in their own right.
Linguist requirements under the interim contract were increased multiple times, which increased contract costs.
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