Definition of encyclopedist in English:


(British encyclopaedist)


  • A person who writes, edits, or contributes to an encyclopedia.

    • ‘He was one of those encyclopedists who seemed to excel at everything: He studied medicine, chemistry, natural history, and geology, and he was the first to recognize the volcanic nature of the Auvergne area.’
    • ‘Pliny the Elder, the Roman encyclopedist, listed a number of such techniques in his Historial Naturalis.’
    • ‘The subject also attracted numerous cosmographers, geographers, encyclopedists and writers of belle letters.’
    • ‘The same argument was taken up again by the encyclopedist Denis Diderot in 1763, after he was commissioned by the Paris Book Guild to write a Letter on the Book Trade.’
    • ‘Whilst the encyclopaedist might hope to encompass all within a carefully related and indexed space, the dictionary maker aspires to the more seductive task of defining principal concepts and ideas.’
    • ‘As early as 1748 the Dutch journalist and encyclopedist Egbert Buys reflected on the complexities involved.’