a person who is versed in or practices .
a comedy (1610) by Ben Jonson.
Contemporary Examples

I feel like they are the alchemist of the tuber world; they make everything from smooth, soft purees to beautiful crunchy pickles.
Fresh Picks Eli Kirshtein February 22, 2010

Well, he was no Svengali, no alchemist and, obviously, they would have happened without him.
What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers Nik Cohn February 8, 2014

Think of story and character as the tools of an alchemist, not those of a builder.
Desperately Seeking Charm: Steven Amsterdam on an Elusive Quality Steven Amsterdam March 31, 2013

With the masked, shape-changing American alchemist, it is impossible to know too much for sure.
Dylan’s Early Christmas Present Sean Wilentz October 12, 2009

Historical Examples

It is only in this degradation of sordid misery that he is shown to us in the alchemist of Jonson.
Amenities of Literature Isaac Disraeli

The alchemist, hearing of the royal intention, again determined to fly.
Self-Help Samuel Smiles

The alchemist was bending over a crucible when Elizabeth entered.
Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine Lewis Spence

The alchemist acted on the hint, and began his experiments, working night and day.
Self-Help Samuel Smiles

A small picture on wood shows an alchemist with a gray beard seated beside a table holding a book.
The Standard Galleries – Holland Esther Singleton

She was more than a merely good cook; she was an alchemist in food stuffs.
Gigolo Edna Ferber

a person who practises alchemy

1510s, from Middle French alquemiste, from Medieval Latin alchimista (see alchemy). Earlier forms were alchemister (late 14c.), alkanamyer (late 15c.).


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