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  1. a person or thing that illuminates.
  2. a device for illuminating, as a light source with a lens or mirror for concentrating light.
  3. a person who paints manuscripts, books, etc., with designs in color, gold, or the like.
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Origin of illuminator

1475–85; < Late Latin illūminātor, equivalent to illūminā(re) (see illumine) + -tor -tor
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Examples from the Web for illuminator

Historical Examples

  • The Illuminator had accepted her poem, and her story was finished.

    Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905


  • The illuminator laid his pen down, and looked up at the lad.

  • It was early morning, for the illuminator was at work betimes.

  • “Soothly, that wis I not,” said the illuminator rather drily.

  • The sheet was then given to the illuminator, who painted it.

    Bibliomania in the Middle Ages

    Frederick Somner Merryweather