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[jur-nl-ist] /ˈdʒɜr nl ɪst/
a person who practices the occupation or profession of journalism.
a person who keeps a journal, diary, or other record of daily events.
Origin of journalist
1685-95; journal + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The journalist heard names being exchanged—the first speaker was introducing a friend.

    The Angel Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • The journalist is both a news gatherer and a molder of thought.

    The Price of a Soul William Jennings Bryan
  • After all, it was my own fault, for I should have known by this time that a journalist has no right to make plans of his own.

    The Poison Belt Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The journalist occupies the position of a watchman upon a tower.

    The Price of a Soul William Jennings Bryan
  • He has made a name for himself as a journalist, and his articles are the chief glory of a leading weekly paper.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for journalist


a person whose occupation is journalism
a person who keeps a journal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for journalist

1690s, "one whose work is to write or edit public journals or newspapers," from journal + -ist. Meaning "one who keeps a journal" is from 1712. Related: Journalistic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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