a person who is versed in or practices alchemy.

1350–1400; Middle English alkamist; probably < Medieval Latin alchymista, equivalent to alchym(ia) alchemy + -ista -ist Unabridged

Alchemist, The

a comedy (1610) by Ben Jonson. Unabridged
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alchemist (ˈælkəmɪst)
a person who practises alchemy

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Word Origin & History

1510s, from O.Fr. alquemiste, from M.L. alchimista (see alchemy). Earlier forms were alchemister (late 14c.), alkanamyer (late 15c.).
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Example sentences
But many an alchemist drew support from royal courts where visions of newfound wealth and power danced in crowned heads.
It was mysterious and my alchemist-muse didn't want anyone looking over her shoulder.
Consider the old alchemist's effort to construct gold from other cheaper materials.
Newton was also an alchemist, which does not make alchemy respectable.
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