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

adjective

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

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

Pronunciation

specialist

/ˈspɛʃ(ə)lɪst/