[ il-uh-strey-ter, ih-luhs-trey-ter ]
/ ˈɪl əˌstreɪ tər, ɪˈlʌs treɪ tər /


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

Nearby words

  1. illustrate,
  2. illustrated,
  3. illustration,
  4. illustrational,
  5. illustrative,
  6. illustrious,
  7. illustriously,
  8. illuvial,
  9. illuviate,
  10. illuviation

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