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linguist

[ling-gwist] /ˈlɪŋ gwɪst/
noun
1.
a specialist in linguistics.
2.
a person who is skilled in several languages; polyglot.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin lingu(a) tongue, speech + -ist
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  • Army linguist once stationed at the site, the listening station was subject to high winds, due to its height.
  • He had a linguist rate each sample for density of ideas and grammatical complexity.
  • My linguist colleagues are all highly educated, extremely interesting people in their own right.
  • linguist requirements under the interim contract were increased multiple times, which increased contract costs.
British Dictionary definitions for linguist

linguist

/ˈlɪŋɡwɪst/
noun
1.
a person who has the capacity to learn and speak foreign languages
2.
a person who studies linguistics
3.
(W African) especially (Ghanaian) the spokesman for a chief
Word Origin
C16: from Latin lingua tongue
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Word Origin and History for linguist
n.

1580s, "a master of language, one who uses his tongue freely," a hybrid from Latin lingua "language, tongue" (see lingual) + -ist. Meaning "a student of language" first attested 1640s.

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