What does linguist mean?

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ˈlɪŋ gwɪstlin·guist

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. linguist, linguistic scientistnoun

    a specialist in linguistics

  2. linguist, polyglotnoun

    a person who speaks more than one language


  1. linguistnoun

    One who studies linguistics.

  2. linguistnoun

    A person skilled in languages.

  3. linguistnoun

    A human translator; an interpreter, especially in the armed forces.

  4. Etymology: From lingua + -ist.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Linguistnoun

    A man skilful in languages.

    Etymology: from lingua.

    Though a linguist should pride himself to have all the tongues that Babel cleft the world into, yet, if he had not studied the solid things in them, as well as the words and lexicons, he were nothing so much to be esteemed a learned man, as any yeoman or tradesman competently wise in his mother dialect only. John Milton, on Education.

    Our linguist received extraordinary rudiments towards a good education. Joseph Addison, Spectator.


  1. linguist

    Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. It is called a scientific study because it entails a comprehensive, systematic, objective, and precise analysis of all aspects of language, particularly its nature and structure. Linguistics is concerned with both the cognitive and social aspects of language. It is considered a scientific field as well as an academic discipline; it has been classified as a social science, natural science, cognitive science, or part of the humanities. Traditional areas of linguistic analysis correspond to phenomena found in human linguistic systems, such as syntax (rules governing the structure of sentences); semantics (meaning); morphology (structure of words); phonetics (speech sounds and equivalent gestures in sign languages); phonology (the abstract sound system of a particular language); and pragmatics (how social context contributes to meaning). Subdisciplines such as biolinguistics (the study of the biological variables and evolution of language) and psycholinguistics (the study of psychological factors in human language) bridge many of these divisions.Linguistics encompasses many branches and subfields that span both theoretical and practical applications. Theoretical linguistics (including traditional descriptive linguistics) is concerned with understanding the fundamental nature of language and developing a general theoretical framework for describing it. Applied linguistics seeks to utilise the scientific findings of the study of language for practical purposes, such as developing methods of improving language education and literacy.Linguistic phenomena may be studied through a variety of perspectives: synchronically (describing a language at a specific point of time) or diachronically (through historical development); in monolinguals or multilinguals; children or adults; as they are learned or already acquired; as abstract objects or cognitive structures; through texts or oral elicitation; and through mechanical data collection versus fieldwork.Linguistics is related to philosophy of language, stylistics and rhetorics, semiotics, lexicography, and translation; philology, from which linguistics emerged, is variably described as a related field, a subdiscipline, or to have been superseded altogether.


  1. linguist

    A linguist is a person who studies languages. This could include studying the structure, history, and usage of languages, or event multi-lingual proficiency. They may specialize in one particular language or study language as a universal human phenomenon. Linguists may work in various industries such as academia, translation, interpretation, language planning, forensic analysis, or artificial intelligence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Linguistnoun

    a master of the use of language; a talker

  2. Linguistnoun

    a person skilled in languages

  3. Etymology: [L. lingua tongue, speech, language: cf. F. linguiste.]

Editors Contribution

  1. linguist

    A person with the intuitive, accurate and specific ability, experience, knowledge, skills, education, expertise in linguistics.

    Linguistics is an amazing subject we can feel really passionate about.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 8, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of linguist in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of linguist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of linguist in a Sentence

  1. Rachel Elizabeth Weissler:

    Black people are linguist innovators.

  2. Sheriff Hoffman:

    My father encouraged me and my other brother to reach out to the coalition forces, specifically the Americans in our province, and extend … help to them in terms of becoming a linguist.

  3. Jennifer Sclafani:

    These expressions remind me of what [ linguist George ] Lakoff refers to as the' Strict Father' model of government, in which the nation is a family and the president is seen as the parent, conservatives, Lakoff argues, adopt a' strict father' view of the nation-as-family, in which the president-parent is the authoritarian and disciplinarian, but also the protector of the family.

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