- a person who reads.
- a schoolbook for instruction and practice in reading. a second-grade reader.
- a book of collected or assorted writings, especially when related in theme, authorship, or instructive purpose; anthology: a Hemingway reader; a sci-fi reader.
- a person employed to read and evaluate manuscripts offered for publication.
- a proofreader.
- a person who reads or recites before an audience; elocutionist.
- a person authorized to read the lessons, Bible, etc., in a church service.
- a lecturer or instructor, especially in some British universities: to be appointed reader in English history.
- an assistant to a professor, who grades examinations, papers, etc.
- Computers. a device that reads data, programs, or control information from an external storage medium for transmission to main storage.Compare optical character reader.
- a machine or device that projects or enlarges a microform image on a screen or other surface for reading.
- a playing card marked on its back so that the suit or denomination of the card can be identified.
- Library Science. the user of a library; library patron.
Origin of reader
- the process of interpreting data in printed, handwritten, bar-code, or other visual form by a device (optical scanner or reader) that scans and identifies the data.
Origin of optical scanning
Related Words for readerslecturer, scholar, anthology, bookworm, primer, proofreader, reciter, lector, editor, elocutionist, bibliophile, announcer, rhetorician, monologist, browser, user, student, peruser, bibliomaniac, soliloquist
Examples from the Web for readers
Contemporary Examples of readers
While excoriating the IRS, Huckabee brings his readers along on a flashback to his youth.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!
January 8, 2015
One could argue that this was never exactly hidden from her readers.Meet Zoella—The Newbie Author Whose Book Sales Topped J.K. Rowling
December 11, 2014
Readers who can get past the odd structure will be richly rewarded.The Best Fiction of 2014: Ford, Ferrante, Klay, and More
December 7, 2014
On a practical level, readers are attracted to books that they can read in short bits.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
The thing is, surprise is still a huge motivator for readers.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’
December 6, 2014
Historical Examples of readers
I am hoping that some readers will look on this collection primarily as a book of poems.The Garden of Bright Waters
He had forgotten for the moment that anybody was listening to him, save the two readers.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
I can assure my readers that in its main particulars it is a true tale.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
I should like to introduce Jarrett to my readers, for he was a most extraordinary man.My Double Life
A paper read by this class of readers must be radically wrong.
- a person who reads
- a person who is fond of reading
- mainly Britishat a university, a member of staff having a position between that of a senior lecturer and a professor
- USa teaching assistant in a faculty who grades papers, examinations, etc, on behalf of a professor
- a book that is part of a planned series for those learning to read
- a standard textbook, esp for foreign-language learning
- a person who reads aloud in public
- a person who reads and assesses the merit of manuscripts submitted to a publisher
- a person employed to read proofs and indicate errors by comparison with the original copy; proofreader
- short for lay reader
- Judaism, mainly British another word for cantor (def. 1)
Old English rædere "person who reads aloud to others; lector; scholar; diviner, interpreter," agent noun from rædan (see read (v.)). Cf. Dutch rader "adviser," Old High German ratari "counselor." Old English fem. form was rædistre.