Definition of specialist in English:



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

    • ‘A specialist in modernism and 19 th-century French painting, Champa earned a BA at Yale and an MA at Harvard.’
    • ‘I cannot see the point of being simply a specialist in one field.’
    • ‘Andrew is a specialist in the field who.’
    • ‘The law firm was a leading specialist in the new field of information technology.’
    • ‘I found that from his Curriculum Vitae and the agreement of counsel that he was a specialist in those fields.’
    • ‘Dr. Julian was a specialist in the field.’
    • ‘Being a paediatric specialist in the field, he preferred to base his own opinion on his personal experience.’
    • ‘Thus while never a specialist in monetary theory nor making any claim for original contributions to it, Brown's participation was noteworthy.’
    • ‘My name is Scott, I'm a specialist in bioenergetics.’
    • ‘The tutor, who is a specialist in that subject, contacts the student to check that all is well.’
    • ‘The History Department recently hired a second specialist in economic and business history.’
    • ‘In secondary schools, all core subjects would be taught by a specialist in that subject.’
    • ‘He is an M.D. and a specialist in many fields of medicine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Okada is a specialist in contemporary Japanese music.’
    • ‘I am hardly a specialist in NATO affairs; my field of expertise is Russia, both present and past.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has been something of a specialist in impersonating a police officer.’
    expert, authority, pundit, professional, consultant, connoisseur, fancier, master, maestro, adept, virtuoso, old hand, skilled person
    pro, buff, ace, whizz, wizard, hotshot, ninja, alpha geek
    dab hand
    maven, crackerjack
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    1. 1.1A physician highly trained in a particular branch of medicine.
      • ‘A nationwide shortage of intensive-care specialists has left hospitals scrambling to provide timely care to the sickest of patients.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her patients have improved far beyond the expectations of their medical specialists, and their need for surgeries has been markedly reduced.’
      • ‘He saw his family physician as well as respiratory and allergy specialists.’
      • ‘In this type of medicine a patient sees a medical specialist when a health complaint arises.’
      • ‘He might be better off approaching generalists, rather than nuclear-medicine or health-care specialists.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mr. Mahler knew Dr. DeVilliers to be a specialist who regularly gave medical reports to lawyers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They are now seeking to appoint a medical specialist through Health Services Australia.’
      • ‘Medical specialists on the optic nerves had already noticed the increased visual acuity of the sea people.’
      • ‘I trained as a psychiatric specialist at the Gugging hospital.’
      • ‘Some curanderos are specialists trained in bone-setting or the treatment of tumors.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘Telemedicine technology makes it possible for medical specialists to examine and treat patients living in remote locations.’
      • ‘A healthcare specialist should be consulted for specific dosages.’
      • ‘By the 1950s, specialists in traditional medicine began to decline in importance.’
    2. 1.2US (in the US Army) an enlisted person of one of four grades (specialist 4, equivalent to the rank of corporal, being the most junior, specialist 7, equivalent to sergeant first class, being the most senior) who has technical or administrative duties but does not exercise command.
      • ‘The former Army specialist wanted a house in the same neighborhood so the children would not be uprooted again, but the house also needed to be affordable.’
      • ‘Her son, an Army specialist, was killed there last year.’


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

    ‘the project may involve people with specialist knowledge’
    • ‘The board had, or had access to, specialist expertise in relation to appropriate standards of medical care.’
    • ‘You need an amount of specialist knowledge.’
    • ‘There were both specialist poetry bookshops and general bookshops in university towns with reasonable poetry sections.’
    • ‘It's not a prerequisite to have a journalism degree or specialist training for writing features, arts articles or other specialist topics.’
    • ‘Roy's chief area of expertise remained the eighteenth century, at once the primary focus of his specialist studies and his greatest historical love.’
    • ‘The general practitioner provides referrals to specialist doctors where necessary, and payment is usually on a fee-for-service basis.’
    • ‘Sport is important at this school and specialist coaches and professional standard sporting facilities are provided.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is a fine book that speaks both to the general reader and the specialist historian.’
    • ‘The Influencer is commonly an expert who has specialist knowledge in the area of the purchase being considered.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We relied on our specialist knowledge of the difficulties caused by not attending school full-time, once a child reached compulsory school age.’
    • ‘Murphy has specialist knowledge of the historical period in which the book is set.’
    • ‘As true folk dance, it is not restricted to professional or specialist dancers.’
    • ‘A lack of resources and staff with specialist IT knowledge played a part in the slow uptake of technology.’
    • ‘It has been the subject of many hundreds of specialist studies.’
    • ‘If you are rich, have complex financial affairs or need specialist advice, a fee-based adviser could be an option.’
    • ‘Success here is limited, as highly specialist niche knowledge is generally required.’
    1. 1.1[attributive]Concentrating on a restricted field, market, or area of activity.
      ‘a specialist electrical shop’
      • ‘You get them from the Internet, specialist shops and even supermarkets.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘World-class courses are designed and taught by 45 full-time faculty members, all experts in their specialist fields.’
      • ‘His uncle used to import reggae and dancehall singles and distribute them to specialist shops.’
      • ‘The internet is hardly a specialist niche area any more.’
      • ‘Employers in the financial services sector are slow to recruit marketing candidates from outside their own specialist field.’
      • ‘The quaint, family-owned shops include a candle-maker, a perfumery and specialist cheese and wine shops.’
      • ‘Exhibiting high margins and a high return on capital, it was a market leader in its specialist electrical controls marketplace.’
      • ‘The new organisation will be seeking to appoint specialist advertising and market research consultants.’
      • ‘Amenities in the nearby village include specialist shops, restaurants and bars.’
      • ‘Not long ago, technology recruitment was one of the most active, and profitable, specialist areas within the Irish recruitment market.’
      • ‘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.’