Linguist



[ling-gwist]

noun
1.
a specialist in .
2.
a person who is skilled in several languages; polyglot.
/ˈlɪŋɡwɪst/
noun
1.
a person who has the capacity to learn and speak foreign languages
2.
a person who studies linguistics
3.
(W African) especially (Ghanaian) the spokesman for a chief
n.

1580s, “a master of language, one who uses his tongue freely,” a hybrid from Latin lingua “language, tongue” (see lingual) + -ist. Meaning “a student of language” first attested 1640s.

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