Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The compiler of an encyclopedia, or one who assists in such compilation; also, one whose knowledge embraces the whole range of the sciences.
  • noun the writers of the great French encyclopedia which appeared in 1751-1772. The editors were Diderot and D'Alembert. Among the contributors were Voltaire and Rousseau.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A person helping to write an encyclopedia.

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

  • noun a person who compiles information for encyclopedias

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

encyclopedia +‎ -ist

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

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

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  • 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

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