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† magirist, n.

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Origin: A borrowing from Greek, combined with an English element. Etymons: Greek μάγειρος  , -ist suffix.
Etymology: < ancient Greek μάγειρος cook (further etymology unknown) + -ist suffix.
N.E.D. (1904) gives the pronunciation as (mădʒəiə·rist) /məˈdʒaɪərɪst/.
Obsolete. rare.

  An expert in cookery.

1716   M. Davies Diss. Physick 12 in Athenæ Britannicæ III   Magists, Magirists..Geoponists, Hygiests, Prophylactists, Remedists.
1814   School Good Living 53   To their Magirists was given an appointment of culinary artists.

1716—1814(Hide quotations)




  magiristic adj. (in form mageiristic) relating to cookery.

1892   Punch 21 May 249/1   Immortal contributions to mageiristic lore.

1892—1892(Hide quotations)


This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, March 2000).

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