What does the word optimist mean?

Usage examples for optimist

  1. It is only just to say that success is generously defined and the disciples of this New Thought are asked also to live in the finer senses- the recognition of beauty and friendship and goodness, that is- but on the whole the ideal character so defined is a buoyant optimist who sells his goods, succeeds in his plans and has his own way with the world. – Modern Religious Cults and Movements by Gaius Glenn Atkins