Definition of -ist in English:

-ist

Pronunciation /əst/ /ist/ /ɪst/

See synonyms for -ist

suffix

  • 1Forming personal nouns and related adjectives denoting an adherent of a system of beliefs, principles, etc. expressed by nouns ending in -ism.

    See -ism (sense 2)

    ‘hedonist’
    • ‘Buddhist’
    1. 1.1Forming nouns and related adjectives denoting a person who subscribes to a prejudice or practices discrimination.
      • ‘sexist’
  • 2Forming nouns denoting a member of a profession or business activity.

    ‘dentist’
    • ‘dramatist’
    • ‘florist’
    1. 2.1Forming nouns denoting a person who uses a thing.
      ‘motorist’
      • ‘flutist’
    2. 2.2Forming nouns denoting a person who does something expressed by a verb ending in -ize.
      • ‘plagiarist’

Origin

From Old French -iste, Latin -ista, from Greek -istēs.