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.
- a specialist in linguistics
- loosely polyglot ()
Origin of linguist; from Classical Latin lingua (see language) + -ist
- A person who speaks several languages fluently.
- A specialist in linguistics.
Origin of linguistLatin lingua, language; see d&nlowring;ghū- in Indo-European roots + –ist.