1. a person who manages or has a talent for managing.
  2. Law. a person appointed by a court to take charge of the estate of a decedent, but not appointed in the decedent's will.
  3. 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.

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. 2018

Examples from the Web for administratorship

Historical Examples of administratorship

  • Brother Howell assumes it; Brother Hodgkins, in asking you to exclude him from the administratorship, also assumes it.

    The Incendiary

    W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy

  • By the influence of his family he secured in 1616 his election to the bishopric or administratorship of Halberstadt.

    The Thirty Years' War

    Samuel Rawson Gardiner

British Dictionary definitions for administratorship


  1. a person who administers the affairs of an organization, official body, etc
  2. property law a person authorized to manage an estate, esp when the owner has died intestate or without having appointed executors
  3. a person who manages a computer system
Derived Formsadministratrix, fem n
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Word Origin and History for administratorship



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