Definition of copyist in English:


Syllabification: cop·y·ist
Pronunciation: /ˈkäpē-ist


  • 1A person who makes copies, especially of handwritten documents or music.
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    • Cantillon employed clerks in his bank - professional copyists and document preparers - who could have made copies in their spare time.
    • It of course took quite some months to copy a book, but a skilled copyist could manage a document much more quickly.
    • He was much favoured by the king, who directed that all his grand motets should be copied by the court copyists.
  • 1.1A person who imitates the styles of others, especially in art.
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    • When Chris Evans and Oasis hit their peaks in the summer of Britpop, 1996, they spawned a wealth of imitators and copyists.
    • A copyist relies on imitation to ply his craft, but a great designer can evoke a much more powerful response through invention.
    • They were note perfect but not mere copyists, they were re-creating the feeling of the music as well as the sound.


mid 17th century: from copy + -ist; replacing earlier copist, from French copiste or medieval Latin copista, from copiare 'to copy', from copia (see copy).

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