Definition of paleontologist in US English:

paleontologist

(British palaeontologist)

noun

  • See paleontology

    • ‘With a geologic focus, many paleontologists rarely considered the biology of their study organisms.’
    • ‘In one refuge cave, a palaeontologist is excavating a Pleistocene tapir skeleton.’
    • ‘Many of the spectacular advances in the geological realm in recent years have inspired palaeontologists and their kin to compose but not to publish formally some quite respectable lines.’
    • ‘Many paleontologists study Pleistocene fossils in order to understand the climates of the past.’
    • ‘Instead, geologists and paleontologists use stratigraphic names.’

Pronunciation

paleontologist

/ˌpeɪliˌɑnˈtɑlədʒəst//ˌpālēˌänˈtäləjəst/