[ig-zek-yuh-ter or for 1, ek-si-kyoo-ter]


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 formsex·ec·u·to·ri·al [ig-zek-yuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ɪgˌzɛk yəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjectiveex·ec·u·tor·ship, nounpre·ex·ec·u·tor, nounsub·ex·ec·u·tor, nounun·ex·ec·u·to·ri·al, adjective
Can be confusedexecutor trustee trusty
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Examples from the Web for executorship

Historical Examples of executorship

  • No man's executorship will ever entail less trouble than mine.

    A Rent In A Cloud

    Charles James Lever

  • Executorship expenses amounting to £250 were paid on June 14th.

    De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bona

    Ernest Evan Spicer

  • But surely thou dost not pretend to say what I shall, or shall not do, as to the executorship.

    Clarissa, Volume 7

    Samuel Richardson

  • Mr Armstrong found him in an unusually balmy frame of mind, anxious to go into the executorship accounts.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • But as to the executorship which she is for conferring upon thee—thou shalt not be her executor: let me perish if thou shalt.

    Clarissa, Volume 7

    Samuel Richardson

British Dictionary definitions for executorship



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 executorship



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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