[ ree-der ]
See synonyms for: readerreaders on

  1. a person who reads.

  2. a schoolbook for instruction and practice in reading. a second-grade reader.

  1. a book of collected or assorted writings, especially when related in theme, authorship, or instructive purpose; anthology: a Hemingway reader; a sci-fi reader.

  2. a person employed to read and evaluate manuscripts offered for publication.

  3. a proofreader.

  4. a person who reads or recites before an audience; elocutionist.

  5. a person authorized to read the lessons, Bible, etc., in a church service.

  6. a lecturer or instructor, especially in some British universities: to be appointed reader in English history.

  7. an assistant to a professor, who grades examinations, papers, etc.

  8. Computers. a device that reads data, programs, or control information from an external storage medium for transmission to main storage.: Compare optical character reader.

  9. a machine or device that projects or enlarges a microform image on a screen or other surface for reading.

  10. a playing card marked on its back so that the suit or denomination of the card can be identified.

  11. Library Science. the user of a library; library patron.

Origin of reader

before 1000; Middle English reder(e), redar(e), Old English rǣdere.See read1, -er1

Other words from reader

  • non·read·er, noun
  • sub·read·er, noun
  • un·der·read·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use reader in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for reader


/ (ˈriːdə) /

  1. a person who reads

  2. a person who is fond of reading

    • mainly British at a university, a member of staff having a position between that of a senior lecturer and a professor

    • US a 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

  1. a person who reads aloud in public

  2. a person who reads and assesses the merit of manuscripts submitted to a publisher

  3. a person employed to read proofs and indicate errors by comparison with the original copy; proofreader

  4. short for lay reader

  5. Judaism, mainly British another word for cantor (def. 1)

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012