Definition of essayist in English:

essayist

noun

  • A person who writes essays, especially as a literary genre.

    • ‘Aldous Huxley was an essayist and novelist whose reputation reached its peak in the 1920's.’
    • ‘Plutarch wrote in his native Greek and was a prolific essayist, philosopher, biographer, and historian.’
    • ‘Last summer, Nicholson Baker, novelist and literary essayist, struck again at America's libraries.’
    • ‘Poets, essayists, dramatists, novelists, and artists of the 1920s became increasingly concerned with depicting the lives of African Americans.’
    • ‘The novelist and essayist Thomas Mann was one of Nazism's most penetrating critics.’
    • ‘He was quick to point out that though he was a great essayist, Azorín was a poor novelist.’
    • ‘There are prominent modern literary authors, essayists, poets, and painters.’
    • ‘If there's a literary precursor, it's the English 17th century essayist Sir Thomas Browne.’
    • ‘Macaulay was a prolific poet, essayist, novelist, biographer and correspondent, whose life was a complex mixture of public and private.’
    • ‘The second view, that globalisation is about to end, has been propounded by John Ralston Saul, a Canadian essayist and novelist.’
    • ‘Many poets, novelists, historians, essayists, and writers flooded the market with their literary works.’
    • ‘It's just that Orwell is the greatest of all such essayists - few writers have ever become so much the conscience of their time.’
    • ‘The noted essayist Dr. Robert Coles wrote an essay about our book, so they were calling to check facts with me.’
    • ‘However, it is mostly as an essayist and letter writer that she excelled and put to effective use her fiery spirit as a rebel, social activist and reformer.’
    • ‘John Updike is a novelist, poet, short-story writer, and essayist.’
    • ‘By the late 1960s she had acquired a strong reputation as an essayist and a novelist.’
    • ‘Bard Cole is an essayist and short-story writer living in Tuscaloosa.’
    • ‘Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott, to take the two most obvious examples, are brilliant critics and essayists, with prose voices as original and as pleasing as their poetic ones.’
    • ‘Susan Sontag is one of America's best known and respected essayists and novelists.’
    • ‘African American essayists, historians, novelists, playwrights, and poets have found in John Brown both a symbol of sacrifice and a touchstone of commitment to the cause of black freedom.’
    writer, man of letters, woman of letters, wordsmith
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Pronunciation:

essayist

/ˈesāəst/