Definitions

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

  • n. A person who writes for or compiles an encyclopedia.
  • n. One of the writers of the French Encyclopédie (1751-1772), including its editors, Diderot and d'Alembert.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of a group of French authors who collaborated in the 18th century in the production of the Encyclopédie, under the direction of Denis Diderot.
  • n. A person helping to write an encyclopedia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The compiler of an encyclopedia, or one who assists in such compilation; also, one whose knowledge embraces the whole range of the sciences.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who is engaged in the compilation of an encyclopedia.
  • n. Specifically
  • n. In French literature, one of the collaborators in the great Encyclopedia of Diderot and D'Alembert (1751-65).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who compiles information for encyclopedias

Etymologies

encyclopedia +‎ -ist (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The encyclopedist Findling said trumpeting colonial might was a primary motivation to host early world's fairs.

    Can the Shanghai Expo compete with world's fairs of the past?

  • Hrabanus Maurus, the great encyclopedist of the ninth century, mentions one night of an eclipse, when “such a great shouting arose among the people that its irreligious sound penetrated to the heavens.”

    In the Valley of the Shadow

  • Then he paused a second to add that, of course, Goethe, like the encyclopedist Diderot, was a novelist on the side.

    Yellow Dining Room

  • By the time he died, he had produced, essentially single-handedly, seventeen immense volumes, marking him as the greatest one-man encyclopedist ever.

    The Man Who Loved China: Summary and book reviews of The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester.

  • He was the nephew of Pliny the Elder a known encyclopedist.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Among the worthies depicted: the poet, dramatist and philosopher Voltaire and the great encyclopedist Denis Diderot, both by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle (1714-85), and the philosopher and composer Jean-Jacques Rousseau by Houdon, who is far better known for his work in terra cotta and marble.

    France's Artistic Mettle in Metal

  • He was the Grand Inquisitor, the caged tiger and the encyclopedist.

    Deeper

  • He exploded into action, because as well as being an encyclopedist and art critic, he had another, rather grand job on the side.

    The Dragon’s Trail

  • Sunday 10:00 am Hampton: What I Do When I Should Be Writing G.B. Shaw said of the English encyclopedist Samuel Johnson, "I have not wasted my time trifling with literary fools in taverns as Johnson did when he should have been shaking England with the thunder of his spirit."

    Darlene's Digest

  • Or there is the notorious eighteenth-century debate on the existence of God, staged by Catherine the Great between Euler, the Swiss mathematician, and Diderot, the great encyclopedist of the Enlightenment.

    The God Delusion

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