Definition of "linguist" [lin•guist]

  • A person who speaks several languages fluently. (noun)
  • A specialist in linguistics. (noun)

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Use "linguist" in a sentence
  • "And although the linguist is sure she can rise to the task, she isn't at all certain she won't swoon under his frankly sensuous gaze before her job is done."
  • "A linguist is taken to a secret US military base, and quite astounded by what he hears."
  • "Though his academic specialty as a linguist is creole languages, McWhorter came to national prominence for his conservative critique of black culture and his argument that black Americans actively promote a culture of underachievement."