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[ig-zek-yuh-ter or for 1, ek-si-kyoo-ter] /ɪgˈzɛk yə tər or for 1, ˈɛk sɪˌkyu tər/
a person who executes, carries out, or performs some duty, job, assignment, artistic work, etc.
Law. a person named in a decedent's will to carry out the provisions of that will.
Origin of executor
1250-1300; Middle English executour < Latin execūtor, equivalent to execū(tus) (see execute) + -tor, -tor; replacing Middle English esecutor < Anglo-French essecutour < Latin, as above
Related forms
[ig-zek-yuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ɪgˌzɛk yəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
executorship, noun
preexecutor, noun
subexecutor, noun
unexecutorial, adjective
Can be confused
executor, trustee, trusty. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for executor
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  • His excellency's executor, Sir James Brooke, however, was indefatigable in his researches.

    The Absentee Maria Edgeworth
  • Enough has been said to show the likeness between our executor and the Roman heir.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • An executor has the power to vote the stock of his testator.

  • The executor took his place both for collection and payment.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • As executor of his father, the funds settled on his wife had remained under his sole control, and they had entirely disappeared.

    Endymion Benjamin Disraeli
  • Johane, his wife, sole heir and executor, with reversion to John Holgrave.

    Shakespeare's Family Mrs. C. C. Stopes
  • The executor of the royal estate shall receive one hundred and fifty pesos per annum, without any ration.

  • He went on to tell her that he had made Mr. Saville his executor.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I appoint as executor my nephew Nicholas Meiser, a wealthy brewer in the city of Dantzic.

British Dictionary definitions for executor


(law) a person appointed by a testator to carry out the wishes expressed in his will
a person who executes
Derived Forms
executorial, adjective
executorship, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French executour, from Latin execūtor, from ex-1 + sequi follow
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Word Origin and History for executor

late 13c., from Anglo-French executour, from Latin executorem/exsecutorem, agent noun from exsequi/exsequi (see execution). Fem. form executrix is attested from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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