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[uh-ses-er] /əˈsɛs ər/
a person who makes assessments, especially for purposes of taxation.
an adviser or assistant to a judge, especially one serving as a specialist in some field.
  1. a person who shares another's position, rank, or dignity.
  2. a person sitting beside another in an advisory capacity; an advisory associate.
Origin of assessor
1350-1400; Middle English assessour < Medieval Latin assessor one who assesses taxes, Latin: a judge's helper. See assess, -tor
Related forms
[as-uh-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr-] /ˌæs əˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
assessorship, noun Unabridged
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  • The assessor puts the question—What is the bitterest affliction?

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  • The assessor in 1860 reported only two quartz-mills in the county.

  • A long while ago he was assessor and Treasurer of the County for several successive terms.

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  • Mrs. Gunilla and the assessor quarrelled till the last moment.

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  • Joey is to have the assessor's room on the ground floor of our neighbor's house, and will come up here for lessons and meals.

  • In the midst of these little occurrences the assessor came in.

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  • I am not sure that the assessor is not right, and that one cannot, in matters of the spirit, be too exclusive.

  • The assessor shook out the "family-roof" in the hall in indignation.

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  • Before personal property the assessor would still stand powerless.

British Dictionary definitions for assessor


a person who evaluates the merits, importance, etc, of something, esp (in Britain) work prepared as part of a course of study
a person who values property for taxation
a person who estimates the value of damage to property for insurance purposes
a person with technical expertise called in to advise a court on specialist matters
a person who shares another's position or rank, esp in an advisory capacity
Derived Forms
assessorial (ˌæsɛˈsɔːrɪəl) adjective
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Word Origin and History for assessor

late 14c., from Old French assessor "assistant judge, assessor (in court)" (12c., Modern French assesseur) and directly from Latin assessor "an assistant, aid; an assistant judge," in Late Latin "one who assesses taxes," literally "a sitter-by," agent noun from past participle stem of assidere (see assess).

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