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

Esperanto edit

Etymology edit

From Latin -ista.

Pronunciation edit

Suffix edit


  1. a person who belongs to a profession occupied with
    maro (sea) + ‎-isto → ‎maristo (sailor)
  2. a person who follows a doctrine
    anarĥio (anarchy) + ‎-isto → ‎anarĥiisto (anarchist)
    ajno (anything) + ‎-isto → ‎ajnisto (person without principles)
    dio (god) + ‎-isto → ‎diisto (deist)

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, whereas koloniisto would signify an advocate of colonialism (koloniismo).

Derived terms edit

Related terms edit

  • -ismo (doctrine, ideology):