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[ri-ley-ter] /rɪˈleɪ tər/
a person who relates or tells; narrator.
  1. a private person on whose suggestion or complaint certain writs, as a quo warranto, are issued and whose position is analogous to that of a plaintiff.
  2. a party in interest who is allowed to institute a proceeding in the name of a public official when the right to sue rests exclusively in that official.
Origin of relator
First recorded in 1585-95, relator is from the Latin word relātor a proposer, mover. See relate, -tor
Can be confused
relator, Realtor. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for relator
Historical Examples
  • I know but few less credulous than the relator, but he is no Sadducee.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • "The policeman was a kind-hearted, sensible fellow," said the relator of the incident.

    Robin Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • And, in fact, the record in so many words so stated, and the statement was uncontroverted by the relator.

  • Abraham Crist appeared for the relator, and John Greenwood for the defendant.

  • I will introduce him as the relator of his own story, taking some liberty, however, with the phraseology.

  • The story of his adventures would not make a poem like the Odyssey, it is true; but the relator had the true genius of a poet.

  • The credit acquired by such relations seldom pays the relator for the hazard run by the communication.

  • The case belonged to the equity jurisdiction, and the relator soon filed his bill.

    Confession W. Gilmore Simms
  • He was one day told a story with which the relator was he the highest degree delighted.

  • However some may have miscarried by imprudence, or others by ill fortune, he is only the relator, not the author of them.

British Dictionary definitions for relator


a person who relates a story; narrator
(English law) a person who gives information upon which the attorney general brings an action
(US, law) a person who institutes proceedings by criminal information or quo warranto
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for relator

"informer," c.1600, from Latin relator, agent noun; see relate.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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