Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix One that performs a specified action: lobbyist.
  • suffix One that produces, makes, operates, plays, or is connected with a specified thing: novelist.
  • suffix A specialist in a specified art, science, or skill: biologist.
  • suffix An adherent or advocate of a specified doctrine, theory, or school of thought: anarchist.
  • suffix One that is characterized by a specified trait or quality: romanticist.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix Added to words to form nouns denoting:

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A noun suffix denoting an agent, or doer, one who practices, a believer in

Etymologies

Middle English -iste, from Old French, from Latin -istēs, -ista, from Greek -istēs, agent n. suff.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French -iste and Latin -ista, from Ancient Greek -ιστής (istēs). (Wiktionary)

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