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[ed-i-ter]
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noun
  1. a person having managerial and sometimes policy-making responsibility related to the writing, compilation, and revision of content for a publishing firm or for a newspaper, magazine, or other publication: She was offered a managing editor position at a small press.
  2. the supervisor or manager of a department of a newspaper, magazine, etc.: the sports editor of a newspaper.
  3. a person who edits, or selects and revises, material for publications, films, etc.: a video editor; the editor of an online journal.
  4. a device for viewing, cutting, and editing film or magnetic tape to make movies, audio recordings, etc.
  5. Computers. a program used for writing and revising code, data, or text: an XML editor.
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Origin of editor

1640–50; < Medieval Latin, Late Latin: publisher; see edit, -tor
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  • That editor must think that 'Jane Meredith' is full of years and ripe experience.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • So you have resolved, Linda, that you don't want your editor to know your real name.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • John opened his mouth to speak, but before he could say a word, the editor stopped him.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • It had not been easy to interview the editor of the Daily Sensation.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • I'll turn one of my chaps on to writing half a dozen letters to the Editor about it!

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine


British Dictionary definitions for editor

editor

noun
  1. a person who edits written material for publication
  2. a person in overall charge of the editing and often the policy of a newspaper or periodical
  3. a person in charge of one section of a newspaper or periodicalthe sports editor
  4. films
    1. a person who makes a selection and arrangement of individual shots in order to construct the flowing sequence of images for a film
    2. a device for editing film, including a viewer and a splicer
  5. television radio a person in overall control of a programme that consists of various items, such as a news or magazine style programme
  6. a computer program that facilitates the deletion or insertion of data within information already stored in a computer
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Derived Formseditorship, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin: producer, exhibitor, from ēdere to give out, publish, from ē- out + dāre to give
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Word Origin and History for editor

n.

1640s, "publisher," from Latin editor "one who puts forth," agent noun from editus, past participle of edere (see edition). By 1712 in sense of "person who prepares written matter for publication;" specific sense in newspapers is from 1803.

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