[ li-gey-ter, leg-uh-tawr ]
/ lɪˈgeɪ tər, ˌlɛg əˈtɔr /


a person who bequeaths; a testator.

Origin of legator

1645–55; < Latin lēgātor one who bequeaths, equivalent to lēgā(re) to bequeath, depute + -tor -tor

Related forms

leg·a·to·ri·al [leg-uh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌlɛg əˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for legator

  • There is "many a slip betwixt the cup" of the legator and "the lip" of the legatee.

    George Muller of Bristol|Arthur T. Pierson

British Dictionary definitions for legator


/ (ˌlɛɡəˈtɔː) /


a person who gives a legacy or makes a bequest

Derived Forms

legatorial, adjective

Word Origin for legator

C17: from Latin, from lēgāre to bequeath; see legate
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