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instructor

[in-struhk-ter]
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noun
  1. a person who instructs; teacher.
  2. a teacher in a college or university who ranks below an assistant professor.

Origin of instructor

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin, equivalent to instruc-, variant stem of instruere (see instruct) + -tor -tor
Related formsin·struc·to·ri·al [in-struhk-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌɪn strʌkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjectivein·struc·tor·ship, nounself-in·struc·tor, noun

Synonyms

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1. tutor, schoolmaster, preceptor, pedagogue.
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Examples from the Web for instructor

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  • In this tedious and protracted inquiry he had no instructor, nor assistant, nor adviser.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • There was only one gate, to which the instructor led the class.

    Be It Ever Thus

    Robert Moore Williams

  • "No, it isn't dangerous at all," the instructor answered hastily.

    Be It Ever Thus

    Robert Moore Williams

  • He patted the Thor gun which the instructor was buckling to his waist.

    Be It Ever Thus

    Robert Moore Williams

  • The instructor hitched the Thor gun a little higher on his hip.

    Be It Ever Thus

    Robert Moore Williams


British Dictionary definitions for instructor

instructor

noun
  1. someone who instructs; teacher
  2. US and Canadian a university teacher ranking below assistant professor
Derived Formsinstructorship, nouninstructress (ɪnˈstrʌktrɪs), fem n
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for instructor

n.

mid-15c., from Old French instructeur and directly from Medieval Latin instructor "teacher" (in classical Latin, "preparer"), agent noun from instruere (see instruct).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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