a person or thing that animates.
an artist who produces animation from drawings, objects, or computer models: a cartoon animator;a video-game animator;a stop-motion animator.

Sometimes an·i·mat·er.

Origin of animator

From Late Latin, dating back to 1625–35; see origin at animate, -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of animator

  • The substantial cause, the efficient of the worlds, the animator of spirits.

  • So, though Picasso remains the animator of the doctrinaire school or schools, Lhote may become the master.

    Since Czanne

    Clive Bell

British Dictionary definitions for animator




an artist who produces animated cartoons
Canadian a person who coordinates or facilitates something, esp a television or radio presenter
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Word Origin and History for animator

1630s, "one who enlivens or inspires," from Latin animator, agent noun from animare (see animate (v.)). Cinematographic sense is from 1919.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper