a person who makes rates or ratings.
a person or thing that is of a specific rating (usually used in combination): The show's star is a first-rater.
Slang. any of various small, popular yachts belonging to standard classes.

Origin of rater

First recorded in 1605–15; rate1 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for rater

Historical Examples of rater

  • She was similar to the 2½-rater 'Molly' in general arrangement and appearance.

  • Experientia docet that the rater, though she can lay to, (p. 358) cannot be hove to and have her way stopped.

  • At all events, she is a fine specimen of the advanced type of rater, and is good in all weathers.

  • A very varied programme was provided, including all classes from the 100-tonner to the ½-rater, in all about five different races.

  • Mr. Jessop was the owner of the Molly, twenty rater, and Coquette, half rater.