[ ad-min-uh-strey-ter ]
/ ædˈmɪn əˌstreɪ tər /


a person who manages or has a talent for managing.
Law. a person appointed by a court to take charge of the estate of a decedent, but not appointed in the decedent's will.
Also called Informal, admin. Computers.
  1. a person who manages and supports a computer system or network, as in a business or other organization: the company’s system administrator; a database administrator.Compare system operator.
  2. a person who determines the site policies, appoints moderators, and manages the technical operation of an Internet message board or other interactive website: a forum administrator.
  3. a user account on a home computer accessible only by the user who manages the computer system.Compare root1(def 11b).
  4. a user who has access to this user account.

Nearby words

  1. administrative county,
  2. administrative law,
  3. administrative leave,
  4. administrative segregation,
  5. administrative-law judge,
  6. administratrix,
  7. admirable,
  8. admirable bolete,
  9. admirable crichton, the,
  10. admirably

Origin of administrator

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin administrātor, equivalent to administrā(re) (see administer) + -tor -tor

Related formsad·min·is·tra·tor·ship, nounpre·ad·min·is·tra·tor, nounsub·ad·min·is·tra·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for administrator


/ (ədˈmɪnɪˌstreɪtə) /


a person who administers the affairs of an organization, official body, etc
property law a person authorized to manage an estate, esp when the owner has died intestate or without having appointed executors
a person who manages a computer system
Derived Formsadministratrix, fem n

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Word Origin and History for administrator



mid-15c., from Middle French administrateur or directly from Latin administrator "a manager, conductor," agent noun from past participle stem of administrare (see administer). Estate sense is earliest. For ending, see -er.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper