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[es-ey-ist] /ˈɛs eɪ ɪst/
a writer of essays.
Origin of essayist
1600-10; essay + -ist Unabridged
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  • Barbara is a renowned novelist, essayist, poet and short-story writer.
  • It provides a superb medium for the novelist, essayist, journalist and poet.
  • There are readers who consider me to be an essayist who has made one unaccountable venture into fiction.
  • He then, always an industrious critic and essayist, quite turned from the disguises and shifts of fiction.
  • As a historian he became more measured, and as an essayist he became more significant.
  • To see the large in the small, to allow a product to illuminate the culture-these are the modern essayist's goals.
  • Warner was an essayist and newspaper editor who wanted to write fiction.
British Dictionary definitions for essayist


a person who writes essays
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for essayist

c.1600, from essay (n.) + -ist. French essayiste (19c.) is from English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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