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instructor

[in-struhk-ter] /ɪnˈstrʌk tər/
noun
1.
a person who instructs; teacher.
2.
a teacher in a college or university who ranks below an assistant professor.
Origin of instructor
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin, equivalent to instruc-, variant stem of instruere (see instruct) + -tor -tor
Related forms
instructorial
[in-struhk-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌɪn strʌkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
instructorship, noun
self-instructor, noun
Synonyms
1. tutor, schoolmaster, preceptor, pedagogue.
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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.

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  • 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

/ɪnˈstrʌktə/
noun
1.
someone who instructs; teacher
2.
(US & Canadian) a university teacher ranking below assistant professor
Derived Forms
instructorship, noun
instructress (ɪnˈstrʌktrɪs) noun:feminine
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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).

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