Definition of dentist noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdentɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdentɪst//
    Medical staff, Professions
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  1. 1   (formal dental surgeon) a person whose job is to take care of people’s teeth Wordfinderanaesthetic, cavity, check-up, crown, dentist, dentures, drill, extract, filling, hygienist See related entries: Medical staff, Professions
  2. 2dentist’s (pl. dentists) a place where a dentist sees patients an appointment at the dentist’s She couldn’t get treatment because she wasn’t registered with the dentist. More Like This Shops, etc. with apostrophes baker’s, barber’s, butcher’s, chemist’s, dentist’s, doctor’s, fishmonger’s, florist’s, greengrocer’s, grocer’s, hairdresser’s, ironmonger’s, jeweller’s, newsagent’s, optician’s, stationer’s, tobacconist’s, travel agent’sSee worksheet.
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent.: from French dentiste, from dent ‘tooth’, from Latin dens, dent-.
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