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[math-uh-muh-tish-uh n] /ˌmæθ ə məˈtɪʃ ən/
an expert or specialist in mathematics.
Origin of mathematician
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English mathematicion. See mathematics, -ian
Related forms
nonmathematician, noun Unabridged
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  • He was skilled as a mathematician and geographer, and also excelled as a musician.

  • Assuredly not, he said; I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.

    The Republic Plato
  • He was a decent scholar and mathematician, and taught Pen as much as the lad was ever disposed to learn, which was not much.

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
  • That is the question, and the state of the odds may be reckoned by the mathematician.

  • The other example that I shall mention is that of Franz Wœpke, the mathematician and orientalist.

    The Intellectual Life =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
British Dictionary definitions for mathematician


/ˌmæθəməˈtɪʃən; ˌmæθmə-/
an expert or specialist in mathematics
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mathematician

early 15c., from Middle French mathematicien, from mathematique, from Latin mathematicus (see mathematic).

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