[ spesh-uh-list ]
/ ˈspɛʃ ə lɪst /


a person who devotes himself or herself to one subject or to one particular branch of a subject or pursuit.
a medical practitioner who devotes attention to a particular class of diseases, patients, etc.
U.S. Army. an enlisted person of one of four grades having technical or administrative duties, the grades corresponding to those of corporal through sergeant first class but not requiring the exercise of command.
Stock Exchange. a member of an exchange who executes orders in his or her name or for other stockbrokers in a single stock or a particular group of stocks and thus helps maintain the market in those securities on that exchange.

Origin of specialist

First recorded in 1855–60; special + -ist


non·spe·cial·ist, noun, adjective pre·spe·cial·ist, noun sub·spe·cial·ist, noun

Example sentences from the Web for specialist

British Dictionary definitions for specialist

/ (ˈspɛʃəlɪst) /


  1. a person who specializes in or devotes himself to a particular area of activity, field of research, etc
  2. (as modifier)specialist knowledge
an enlisted rank in the US Army denoting technical qualifications that entitle the holder to a noncommissioned officer's pay
ecology an organism that has special nutritional requirements and lives in a restricted habitat that provides these Compare generalist

Derived forms of specialist

specialistic, adjective

Medical definitions for specialist

[ spĕshə-lĭst ]


A physician whose practice is limited to a particular branch of medicine or surgery, especially one who is certified by a board of physicians.