Etymology
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journalist (n.)

1690s, "one whose work is to write or edit public journals or newspapers," from French journaliste (see journal (n.) + -ist). Journalier also occasionally has been used. Meaning "one who keeps a journal" is from 1712. Related: Journalistic. The verb journalize (1680s) usually is restricted to "make entry of in a journal or book."

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Definitions of journalist

journalist (n.)
a writer for newspapers and magazines;
journalist (n.)
someone who keeps a diary or journal;
Synonyms: diarist / diary keeper
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