[ ig-zek-yuh-ter or for 1, ek-si-kyoo-ter ]
/ ɪgˈzɛk yə tər or for 1, ˈɛk sɪˌkyu tər /


a person who executes, carries out, or performs some duty, job, assignment, artistic work, etc.
Law. a person named in a decedent's will to carry out the provisions of that will.

Origin of executor

1250–1300; Middle English executour < Latin execūtor, equivalent to execū(tus) (see execute) + -tor, -tor; replacing Middle English esecutor < Anglo-French essecutour < Latin, as above

Related forms

Can be confused

executor trustee trusty
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/ (ɪɡˈzɛkjʊtə) /


law a person appointed by a testator to carry out the wishes expressed in his will
a person who executes

Derived Forms

executorial, adjectiveexecutorship, noun

Word Origin for executor

C13: from Anglo-French executour, from Latin execūtor, from ex- 1 + sequi follow
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