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  1. a person who makes assessments, especially for purposes of taxation.
  2. an adviser or assistant to a judge, especially one serving as a specialist in some field.
  3. Archaic.
    1. a person who shares another's position, rank, or dignity.
    2. a person sitting beside another in an advisory capacity; an advisory associate.
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Origin of assessor

1350–1400; Middle English assessour < Medieval Latin assessor one who assesses taxes, Latin: a judge's helper. See assess, -tor
Related formsas·ses·so·ri·al [as-uh-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr-] /ˌæs əˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-/, adjectiveas·ses·sor·ship, noun
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  • The assessor in 1860 reported only two quartz-mills in the county.

  • At the trial of Roubaud he acted as assessor to the assizes.

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    J. G. Patterson

  • The sisters read the following remarks, in the handwriting of the Assessor.

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    Fredrika Bremer

  • Mrs. Gunilla and the Assessor quarrelled till the last moment.

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    Fredrika Bremer

  • If the Assessor happened also to come in, there was a terrible noise.

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British Dictionary definitions for assessor


  1. a person who evaluates the merits, importance, etc, of something, esp (in Britain) work prepared as part of a course of study
  2. a person who values property for taxation
  3. a person who estimates the value of damage to property for insurance purposes
  4. a person with technical expertise called in to advise a court on specialist matters
  5. a person who shares another's position or rank, esp in an advisory capacity
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Derived Formsassessorial (ˌæsɛˈsɔːrɪəl), adjective
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Word Origin and History for assessor


late 14c., from Old French assessor "assistant judge, assessor (in court)" (12c., Modern French assesseur) and directly from Latin assessor "an assistant, aid; an assistant judge," in Late Latin "one who assesses taxes," literally "a sitter-by," agent noun from past participle stem of assidere (see assess).

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