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[glo-sey-ter, glaw-]
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  1. a person who writes glosses; glossarist.
  2. one of the medieval interpreters of the Roman and canon laws.
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Origin of glossator

1350–1400; Middle English glosator < Medieval Latin glōssātor commentator, equivalent to glōssā(re) to explain, interpret (see gloss2) + Latin -tor -tor
Related formsglos·sa·to·ri·al [glos-uh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-, glaw-suh-] /ˌglɒs əˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-, ˈglɔ sə-/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • On this account the glossator has described this system as one with the sixteenfold system of Jaimini.

    The Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha

    Madhava Acharya

  • Thus the glossator writes: "After learning the sacred rites," he desires to know the absolute.

  • A glossator has added in LA the marginal note "Priests formerly wore cowls."

British Dictionary definitions for glossator


  1. Also called: glossarist, glossist, glossographer a writer of glosses and commentaries, esp (in the Middle Ages) an interpreter of Roman and Canon Law
  2. a compiler of a glossary
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Word Origin and History for glossator


"writer of glosses," late 14c., from Medieval Latin glossator, from Latin glossa (see gloss (n.2)). Also in same sense were glossographer (c.1600), glossographist (1774).

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