[ ej-oo-key-ter ]
/ ˈɛdʒ ʊˌkeɪ tər /


a person or thing that educates, especially a teacher, principal, or other person involved in planning or directing education.

Origin of educator

1560–70; < Latin ēducātor, equivalent to ēducā(re) (see educate) + -tor -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for educator


/ (ˈɛdjʊˌkeɪtə) /


a person who educates; teacher
a specialist in education; educationalist
(in South Africa) a school teacher
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Word Origin and History for educator



1560s, "one who nourishes or rears;" 1670s, "one who trains or instructs," from Latin educator (in classical Latin, "a foster father" as well as "a tutor"), agent noun from past participle stem of educare (see educate). Latin educatrix meant "a nurse."

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