- The definition of a linguist is a person who speaks many languages, or a language expert.
An example of a linguist is someone who speaks and teaches others to speak Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, English and French.
linguist definition by Webster's New World
- a specialist in linguistics
- loosely polyglot ()
Origin: ; from Classical Latin lingua (see language) plush -ist
linguist definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A person who speaks several languages fluently.
- A specialist in linguistics.
Origin: Latin lingua, language; see dṇghū- in Indo-European roots + -ist.