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[dahy-uh-rist] /ˈdaɪ ə rɪst/
a person who keeps a diary.
Origin of diarist
1810-20; diar(y) + -ist
Related forms
diaristic, adjective Unabridged
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  • But the poet kept on and wrote more and more, while the diarist wrote less and less.

    Years of My Youth William Dean Howells
  • There was always a superfluity of gall in the diarist's ink.

    John Quincy Adams John. T. Morse
  • As to the playgoers of the Restoration we have abundant information from the poet Dryden, and the diarist Pepys.

    A Book of the Play Dutton Cook
  • Here and in many other places the diarist spells the name Grangie.

  • The diarist's parental house remains at Brampton, a little to the west of Huntingdon.

  • Then may it be allowed to the diarist simply to relate, and we can copy from him.

  • The diarist Infessura, who was not there, takes it upon himself to describe the comedy as "lascivious."

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
British Dictionary definitions for diarist


a person who keeps or writes a diary, esp one that is subsequently published
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Word Origin and History for diarist

1818; see diary + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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