Definitions

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

  • n. A physician who treats diseases of the eyes; an ophthalmologist.
  • n. An optometrist.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An ophthalmologist
  • n. An optometrist

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One skilled in treating diseases of the eye.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A physician whose specialty is diseases or defects of the eye; one skilled in treatment of the eyes; an ophthalmologist.

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

  • n. a person skilled in testing for defects of vision in order to prescribe corrective glasses
  • n. a medical doctor specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the eye

Etymologies

From Latin oculus, eye; see okw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Dick felt slightly comforted when he learned that the oculist was a clever man who had been well known in Barcelona until he was forced to leave the city after taking part in some revolutionary plot.

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  • Jonathan David Jagger, surgeon oculist to the Queen.

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  • Her self-centered mother, Youle, the daughter of an Amsterdam Jewish oculist, was a seamstress and a courtesan of middling success.

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  • The greatest concession I can make is that sometimes it may run one way and sometimes the other, and that in the meantime we should both consult an oculist.

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  • And, true to his word, he dispatched Kit to the oculist.

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  • Many of the words were strange – commodious, oculist; the phrases unusual – jolly friends; the foods strange - jellied consommé.

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  • Then a Jewess, a skilled oculist, appeared on the scene.

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  • In addition to the oculist of R. Yehudah ben Asher we also know about Marat Yuskah of early thirteenth century Mainz or Worms.

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  • With these words, found in the collection of ethical wills edited by Israel Abrahams, R. Yehudah ben Asher introduces us to the woman oculist in thirteenth century Cologne who preserved his sight.

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  • Julie was the daughter of Maurice Bernard (also noted in documents as Bernardt), an oculist, and of Jeannette née Hart (noted also as Hard, or van Hard).

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