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[al-kuh-mist] /ˈæl kə mɪst/
a person who is versed in or practices alchemy.
Origin of alchemist
1350-1400; Middle English alkamist; probably < Medieval Latin alchymista, equivalent to alchym(ia) alchemy + -ista -ist

Alchemist, The

a comedy (1610) by Ben Jonson. Unabridged
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  • It is only in this degradation of sordid misery that he is shown to us in the alchemist of Jonson.

    Amenities of Literature Isaac Disraeli
  • The alchemist, hearing of the royal intention, again determined to fly.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • The alchemist was bending over a crucible when Elizabeth entered.

  • The alchemist acted on the hint, and began his experiments, working night and day.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • A small picture on wood shows an alchemist with a gray beard seated beside a table holding a book.

  • She was more than a merely good cook; she was an alchemist in food stuffs.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for alchemist


a person who practises alchemy
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Word Origin and History for alchemist

1510s, from Middle French alquemiste, from Medieval Latin alchimista (see alchemy). Earlier forms were alchemister (late 14c.), alkanamyer (late 15c.).

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