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1. One who has broad general knowledge and skills in several areas.
2. A species whose members are able to live in a wide variety of habitats or consume a wide variety of foods.
a. a person who is knowledgeable in many fields of study
b. (as modifier): a generalist profession.
2. (Biology) ecology an organism able to utilize many food sources and therefore able to flourish in many habitats. Compare specialist3
gen•er•al•ist(ˈdʒɛn ər ə lɪst)
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).
a person who has knowledge, aptitude, or skill in a variety of areas, as contrasted with a specialist.See also: Skill and Craft
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|Noun||1.||generalist - a modern scholar who is in a position to acquire more than superficial knowledge about many different interests; "a statistician has to be something of a generalist"|
bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student - a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines