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[kol-uh m-nist, -uh-mist] /ˈkɒl əm nɪst, -ə mɪst/
the writer or editor of a newspaper or magazine column.
1915-20; Americanism; column + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • She worked first as a society reporter, then as an editorial page columnist, and later established herself as a writer of note.
  • The columnist uses that relative anonymity as a springboard, expounding on variables left unmentioned in the initial query.
  • And a good columnist will adjust position and judgment and even political loyalty over time, depending on events.
  • One columnist wondered whether democracy was nimble enough to compete with tyranny.
  • His roping act led the humorist to later fame as a newspaper columnist, radio commentator and movie star.
British Dictionary definitions for columnist


/ˈkɒləmɪst; -əmnɪst/
a journalist who writes a regular feature in a newspaper: a gossip columnist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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Word Origin and History for columnist

1920, from column in the newspaper sense + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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