[il-uh-strey-ter, ih-luhs-trey-ter]


an artist who makes illustrations: an illustrator of children's books.
a person or thing that illustrates.

Origin of illustrator

1590–1600; < Late Latin, equivalent to illustrā(re) to illustrate + -tor -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for illustrator

1590s, "one who enlightens," from illustrate + Latinate agent-noun suffix -or. Meaning "one who draws pictures" is 1680s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper