Definition of “specialist” - English Dictionary

“specialist” in British English

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specialistnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈspeʃ.əl.ɪst/ us /ˈspeʃ.əl.ɪst/

B2 someone who has a lot of experience, knowledge, or skill in a particular subject:

a software specialist
She's a specialist in modern French literature.
specialist advice/help

UK also consultant a doctor who has special training in and knowledge of a particular area of medicine:

She's a specialist in childhood illnesses.
I've asked to be referred to a specialist about my back pain.
a leading cancer/eye specialist

More examples

  • Her doctor was at fault for not sending her straight to a specialist.
  • My doctor has referred me to a specialist for a second opinion on the results of my blood test.
  • She's a specialist in Ancient Greece.
  • You'll need a specialist to do that woodwork.
  • We took specialist advice on restoring our cottage.

(Definition of “specialist” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“specialist” in American English

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specialistnoun [ C ]

us /ˈspeʃ·ə·lɪst/

someone who limits his or her studying or work to a particular area of knowledge, and who is an expert in that area:

She’s a specialist in financial management.

A specialist is also a doctor who works in and knows a lot about one particular area of medicine:

an eye/heart/joint specialist

(Definition of “specialist” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“specialist” in Business English

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specialistnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈspeʃəlɪst/ us

someone who has a lot of experience, knowledge, or skill in a particular subject or business area:

specialist in sth She is a specialist in financial services and insurance.

FINANCE, STOCK MARKET someone who works on a US stock market and buys and sells shares in particular types of companies:

Specialists on regional exchanges sometimes have lower dealing costs than those in New York.

specialistadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈspeʃəlɪst/ us

having a lot of experience, knowledge, or skill in a particular subject or business area:

The bank can give you specialist advice.
It is always good to consult a specialist financial adviser.
Five specialist firms are under investigation for allegedly interfering in the buying and selling of shares by investors.

(Definition of “specialist” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)