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programmer

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[proh-gram-er]
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noun
  1. a person who writes code for computer programs.
  2. a person who programs a machine, device, or apparatus.
  3. a person who prepares program schedules, as for radio or television.
  4. a person who prepares instructional programs.

Origin of programmer

First recorded in 1885–90; program + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for programmer

programmer

noun
  1. a person who writes a program so that data may be processed by a computer
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 programmer

n.

1890, "event planner," agent noun from program (v.). Meaning "person who programs computers" is attested from 1948.

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