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[lob-ee-ist] /ˈlɒb i ɪst/
a person who tries to influence legislation on behalf of a special interest; a member of a lobby.
Origin of lobbyist
1940-45; lobby + -ist
Related forms
lobbyism, noun Unabridged
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  • The lobbyist revived the subject of politics, the publican went after hot water for a punch, and the eavesdroppers slipped away.

    John March, Southerner George W. Cable
  • It was the haunt of the concession-monger; of the lobbyist; of the men who wanted something.

    A Tramp's Notebook Morley Roberts
  • He says that a lawyer should keep to his profession, and not become a lobbyist in the interest of his clients.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • It pleases Mrs. Taine to be, in the world of art, a lobbyist.

    The Eyes of the World Harold Bell Wright
  • It could not be that she would descend to the plane of a lobbyist!

    A Man of Two Countries Alice Harriman
British Dictionary definitions for lobbyist


a person employed by a particular interest to lobby
Derived Forms
lobbyism, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lobbyist

1863, American English, from lobby (n.) in the political sense + -ist.

[A] strong lobbyist will permit himself to lose heavily at the poker-table, under the assumption that the great Congressman who wins the stake will look leniently upon the little appropriation he means to ask for. [George A. Townsend, "Events at the National Capital and the Campaign of 1876," Hartford, Conn., 1876]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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