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



    BrE BrE//ˈlɪŋɡwɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪŋɡwɪst//
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  1. 1a person who knows several foreign languages well She's an excellent linguist. I'm afraid I'm no linguist (= I find foreign languages difficult).
  2. 2a person who studies languages or linguistics a computational linguist
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin lingua ‘language’ + -ist.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: linguist