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philologist (n.)

1640s, "literary person, one devoted to learning or literature;" 1716, "student of language," from philology (q.v.) + -ist. Philologer (1580s in the former sense, 1650s in the latter) was formerly more common. Philologue is from 1590s; philologian is by 1830.

updated on May 21, 2020

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Definitions of philologist from WordNet

philologist (n.)
a humanist specializing in classical scholarship;
Synonyms: philologue
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