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Origin of inventor

From Latin, dating back to 1500–10; see origin at invent, -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a person who invents, esp as a profession
Derived Formsinventress, fem n
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Word Origin and History for inventor

c.1500, "a discoverer," from Latin inventor (fem. inventrix) "contriver, author, discoverer," agent noun from past participle stem of invenire (see invention). Meaning "one who contrives or produces a new thing or process" is from 1550s.

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