Definition of specialist in English:

specialist

noun

  • 1A person who concentrates primarily on a particular subject or activity; a person highly skilled in a specific and restricted field.

    ‘he is a specialist in psychometric testing’
    with modifier ‘the study was undertaken by a market-research specialist’
    • ‘Andrew is a specialist in the field who.’
    • ‘The law firm was a leading specialist in the new field of information technology.’
    • ‘He has been something of a specialist in impersonating a police officer.’
    • ‘In secondary schools, all core subjects would be taught by a specialist in that subject.’
    • ‘I found that from his Curriculum Vitae and the agreement of counsel that he was a specialist in those fields.’
    • ‘Being a paediatric specialist in the field, he preferred to base his own opinion on his personal experience.’
    • ‘He became a specialist in the pre-Islamic history of southern Arabia.’
    • ‘In the two years he has been in business, he has established a reputation as the specialist in this field.’
    • ‘I am hardly a specialist in NATO affairs; my field of expertise is Russia, both present and past.’
    • ‘A specialist in modernism and 19 th-century French painting, Champa earned a BA at Yale and an MA at Harvard.’
    • ‘He is an M.D. and a specialist in many fields of medicine.’
    • ‘The tutor, who is a specialist in that subject, contacts the student to check that all is well.’
    • ‘A specialist in European and early American history, he received a Distinguished Academic Achievement Award in 1978.’
    • ‘A prerequisite to serving as an expert witness is being qualified and credentialed as a specialist in the field being examined.’
    • ‘My name is Scott, I'm a specialist in bioenergetics.’
    • ‘The History Department recently hired a second specialist in economic and business history.’
    • ‘Thus while never a specialist in monetary theory nor making any claim for original contributions to it, Brown's participation was noteworthy.’
    • ‘Dr. Julian was a specialist in the field.’
    • ‘I cannot see the point of being simply a specialist in one field.’
    • ‘Okada is a specialist in contemporary Japanese music.’
    expert, authority, pundit, professional, consultant, connoisseur, fancier, master, maestro, adept, virtuoso, old hand, skilled person
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    1. 1.1 A person highly trained in a particular branch of medicine.
      ‘her doctor thought her allergy was psychosomatic, but he sent her to a specialist’
      • ‘Now more than ever, there is substantial crossover among dentists and other medical specialists in diagnosing various health conditions.’
      • ‘A nationwide shortage of intensive-care specialists has left hospitals scrambling to provide timely care to the sickest of patients.’
      • ‘I trained as a psychiatric specialist at the Gugging hospital.’
      • ‘Her patients have improved far beyond the expectations of their medical specialists, and their need for surgeries has been markedly reduced.’
      • ‘Telemedicine technology makes it possible for medical specialists to examine and treat patients living in remote locations.’
      • ‘The world's first formal program to train medical specialists, opened in 1915.’
      • ‘By the 1950s, specialists in traditional medicine began to decline in importance.’
      • ‘Heis a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation.’
      • ‘In this type of medicine a patient sees a medical specialist when a health complaint arises.’
      • ‘A healthcare specialist should be consulted for specific dosages.’
      • ‘Some curanderos are specialists trained in bone-setting or the treatment of tumors.’
      • ‘Medical specialists on the optic nerves had already noticed the increased visual acuity of the sea people.’
      • ‘He is popular with staff and is extremely good at multidisciplinary medicine with enviable insight and respect for other specialists and healthcare workers.’
      • ‘He might be better off approaching generalists, rather than nuclear-medicine or health-care specialists.’
      • ‘Mr. Mahler knew Dr. DeVilliers to be a specialist who regularly gave medical reports to lawyers.’
      • ‘According to dance medicine specialists, overuse injuries often make their first appearance in adolescence.’
      • ‘For a moment a brief moment he contemplated going to a therapist or a sleep specialist about it’
      • ‘Dance medicine specialists tell me that it's common for people suffering from arthritis to get caught up in a vicious cycle of pain, weakness, and loss of motion.’
      • ‘He saw his family physician as well as respiratory and allergy specialists.’
      • ‘They are now seeking to appoint a medical specialist through Health Services Australia.’

adjective

  • 1Possessing or involving detailed knowledge or study of a restricted topic.

    ‘you may require specialist financial advice’
    • ‘The general practitioner provides referrals to specialist doctors where necessary, and payment is usually on a fee-for-service basis.’
    • ‘Installing the card and the software was extremely straightforward with no need for specialist technical knowledge.’
    • ‘As true folk dance, it is not restricted to professional or specialist dancers.’
    • ‘We relied on our specialist knowledge of the difficulties caused by not attending school full-time, once a child reached compulsory school age.’
    • ‘Roy's chief area of expertise remained the eighteenth century, at once the primary focus of his specialist studies and his greatest historical love.’
    • ‘You need an amount of specialist knowledge.’
    • ‘It has been the subject of many hundreds of specialist studies.’
    • ‘The board had, or had access to, specialist expertise in relation to appropriate standards of medical care.’
    • ‘Success here is limited, as highly specialist niche knowledge is generally required.’
    • ‘Sport is important at this school and specialist coaches and professional standard sporting facilities are provided.’
    • ‘It's not a prerequisite to have a journalism degree or specialist training for writing features, arts articles or other specialist topics.’
    • ‘The organisation offers specialist support and advice to British businesses, and rates how ethnic minorities are treated in their companies as employees and as customers.’
    • ‘The Influencer is commonly an expert who has specialist knowledge in the area of the purchase being considered.’
    • ‘A lack of resources and staff with specialist IT knowledge played a part in the slow uptake of technology.’
    • ‘Murphy has specialist knowledge of the historical period in which the book is set.’
    • ‘This is a fine book that speaks both to the general reader and the specialist historian.’
    • ‘If you are rich, have complex financial affairs or need specialist advice, a fee-based adviser could be an option.’
    • ‘It seems the hard time Greek films are having is linked to the hard time specialist films in general are having.’
    • ‘There were both specialist poetry bookshops and general bookshops in university towns with reasonable poetry sections.’
    1. 1.1attributive Concentrating on a restricted field, market, or area of activity.
      ‘a specialist electrical shop’
      • ‘Department stores and specialist shops across the country have already taken delivery of their decorative goodies and this year's selection is as broad as it is imaginative.’
      • ‘You get them from the Internet, specialist shops and even supermarkets.’
      • ‘The internet is hardly a specialist niche area any more.’
      • ‘Exhibiting high margins and a high return on capital, it was a market leader in its specialist electrical controls marketplace.’
      • ‘Amenities in the nearby village include specialist shops, restaurants and bars.’
      • ‘His uncle used to import reggae and dancehall singles and distribute them to specialist shops.’
      • ‘Employers in the financial services sector are slow to recruit marketing candidates from outside their own specialist field.’
      • ‘In France brioches are mostly bought from specialist shops, e.g. viennoiseries, rather than being made at home.’
      • ‘This book is aimed at a narrow, specialist market.’
      • ‘Almost uniquely when it was established, it was a purpose-built and dedicated specialist wine shop.’
      • ‘Many wine shops reflect glory in some specialist area.’
      • ‘The new organisation will be seeking to appoint specialist advertising and market research consultants.’
      • ‘The quaint, family-owned shops include a candle-maker, a perfumery and specialist cheese and wine shops.’
      • ‘Not long ago, technology recruitment was one of the most active, and profitable, specialist areas within the Irish recruitment market.’
      • ‘World-class courses are designed and taught by 45 full-time faculty members, all experts in their specialist fields.’

Pronunciation

specialist

/ˈspɛʃ(ə)lɪst/