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See also: isto, Isto, istô, īsto, and isto-



From Latin -ista.




  1. a person who belongs to a profession occupied with
    maro (sea) + ‎-isto → ‎maristo (sailor).

Usage notes[edit]

-isto is not as broad as English -ist.

It is important to distinguish between an -anto, someone who is doing something, and an -isto, someone whose job it is to do something. For example, if you are cooking dinner, you are a kuiranto (cook (someone who is cooking)). If you are employed as a chef, you are a kuiristo (cook (by profession)).

Also note that in Esperanto, membership is denoted by -ano. For example, a colonist is a koloniano, not a *koloniisto.

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