[kol-uhm-nist, -uh-mist]
the writer or editor of a newspaper or magazine column.

1915–20; Americanism; column + -ist Unabridged
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columnist (ˈkɒləmɪst, -əmnɪst)
a journalist who writes a regular feature in a newspaper: a gossip columnist

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Word Origin & History

1920, from column in the newspaper sense.
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Example sentences
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
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