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[ri-zur-vist] /rɪˈzɜr vɪst/
a person who belongs to a reserve military force of a country.
Origin of reservist
1875-80; reserve + -ist Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reservist
  • The average age of today's active-duty soldier is twenty-eight, and the average age of today's reservist is thirty-eight.
  • He works odd hours, as a military reservist and a hypnotist, so he could make time to walk the corridors and advance his argument.
  • As best as the three generals can determine, romantic troubles are a high contributing factor to the reservist suicide increase.
  • They were among reservist cadets from around the country involved in two weeks of training.
British Dictionary definitions for reservist


one who serves in the reserve formations of a nation's armed forces
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Word Origin and History for reservist

"soldier who belongs to the reserves," 1872, from French réserviste, from reserver (see reserve (v.)).

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