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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 executorship
Historical Examples
  • No man's executorship will ever entail less trouble than mine.

    A Rent In A Cloud Charles James Lever
  • But surely thou dost not pretend to say what I shall, or shall not do, as to the executorship.

    Clarissa, Volume 7 Samuel Richardson
  • executorship expenses amounting to £250 were paid on June 14th.

    De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bona Ernest Evan Spicer
  • Mr Armstrong found him in an unusually balmy frame of mind, anxious to go into the executorship accounts.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • He said it would be one in the eye for you—and he wondered whether you'd decline the executorship.

    The Great Adventure Arnold Bennett
  • But as to the executorship which she is for conferring upon thee—thou shalt not be her executor: let me perish if thou shalt.

    Clarissa, Volume 7 Samuel Richardson
  • You will immediately judge, Sir, that this is the executorship of which my sister has given you the trouble by her last will.

  • I expressed some jealousy upon it, lest he should have place given over me in the executorship.

  • Poor Papa thought the executorship might take time, trouble, and expense, that ought to be made up for.'

  • Mr. Johnson was hardly restrained by his compassion for the orphan from throwing up the executorship in disgust.

    A Dark Night's Work Elizabeth Gaskell
British Dictionary definitions for executorship


(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 executorship



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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