Definition of linguist in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɪŋɡwɪst/


1A person skilled in foreign languages.
Example sentences
  • He was also an accomplished linguist speaking nine foreign languages including Chinese and Tibetan.
  • He was a formidable linguist, speaking 25 languages and many more dialects.
  • A skilled linguist, Marianne used her new-found freedom to become an interpreter for the British Army.
2A person who studies linguistics.
Example sentences
  • Descriptive linguists try to lay out a statement of what the conditions are for particular languages.
  • He is, after all, a distinguished professor at MIT and the most renowned linguist of the 20th century.
  • Languages are becoming extinct, and many have never been studied by linguists.


Late 16th century: from Latin lingua 'language' + -ist.

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