[ ed-i-ter ]
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  1. a person having managerial and sometimes policy-making responsibility related to the writing, compilation, and revision of content for a publishing firm or for a newspaper, magazine, or other publication: She was offered a managing editor position at a small press.

  2. the supervisor or manager of a department of a newspaper, magazine, etc.: the sports editor of a newspaper.

  1. a person who edits, or selects and revises, material for publications, films, etc.: a video editor;the editor of an online journal.

  2. a device for viewing, cutting, and editing film or magnetic tape to make movies, audio recordings, etc.

  3. Computers. a program used for writing and revising code, data, or text: an XML editor.

Origin of editor

1640–50; <Medieval Latin, Late Latin: publisher; see edit, -tor

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British Dictionary definitions for editor


/ (ˈɛdɪtə) /

  1. a person who edits written material for publication

  2. a person in overall charge of the editing and often the policy of a newspaper or periodical

  1. a person in charge of one section of a newspaper or periodical: the sports editor

  2. films

    • a person who makes a selection and arrangement of individual shots in order to construct the flowing sequence of images for a film

    • a device for editing film, including a viewer and a splicer

  3. television radio a person in overall control of a programme that consists of various items, such as a news or magazine style programme

  4. a computer program that facilitates the deletion or insertion of data within information already stored in a computer

Origin of editor

C17: from Late Latin: producer, exhibitor, from ēdere to give out, publish, from ē- out + dāre to give

Derived forms of editor

  • editorship, noun

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