[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. executive order,
  2. executive privilege,
  3. executive secretary,
  4. executive session,
  5. executively,
  6. executory,
  7. executrix,
  8. exedra,
  9. exegesis,
  10. exegete

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 confusedexecutor trustee trusty

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British Dictionary definitions for executorial


/ (ɪɡˈzɛkjʊtə) /


law a person appointed by a testator to carry out the wishes expressed in his will
a person who executes
Derived Formsexecutorial, adjectiveexecutorship, noun

Word Origin for executor

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

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Word Origin and History for executorial



late 13c., from Anglo-French executour, from Latin executorem/exsecutorem, agent noun from exsequi/exsequi (see execution). Fem. form executrix is attested from late 14c.

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