1. a person whose knowledge, aptitudes, and skills are applied to a field as a whole or to a variety of different fields (opposed to specialist).


    1. a person who is knowledgeable in many fields of study
    2. (as modifier)a generalist profession
  1. ecology an organism able to utilize many food sources and therefore able to flourish in many habitatsCompare specialist (def. 3)

1610s, from general (adj.) + -ist.


  1. A physician whose practice is not oriented in a specific medical specialty but instead covers a variety of medical problems.

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