a specialist in economics.
Archaic. a thrifty or frugal person.

1580–90; econom(y) + -ist Unabridged
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economist (ɪˈkɒnəmɪst)
1.  a specialist in economics
2.  archaic a person who advocates or practises frugality

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Word Origin & History

1580s, "household manager;" 1804 meaning "student of political economy" (see economy).
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Example sentences
Being a doctor or a lawyer, a scientist or an engineer or an economist-these are all valid and admirable choices.
He was a trained economist, but also knowledgeable in history and political philosophy.
Economist have long scratched their heads over this kind of pattern.
If to destroy gamble, the crises will not arise, but any economist does not act against gamble.
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