[ ri-ley-ter ]
/ rɪˈleɪ tər /


a person who relates or tells; narrator.
  1. a private person on whose suggestion or complaint certain writs, as a quo warranto, are issued and whose position is analogous to that of a plaintiff.
  2. a party in interest who is allowed to institute a proceeding in the name of a public official when the right to sue rests exclusively in that official.

Nearby words

  1. relativistic,
  2. relativistic mass,
  3. relativistic quantum mechanics,
  4. relativity,
  5. relativize,
  6. relatum,
  7. relaunch,
  8. relax,
  9. relaxant,
  10. relaxant reversal

Origin of relator

First recorded in 1585–95, relator is from the Latin word relātor a proposer, mover. See relate, -tor

Can be confusedrelator Realtor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for relator


/ (rɪˈleɪtə) /


a person who relates a story; narrator
English law a person who gives information upon which the attorney general brings an action
US law a person who institutes proceedings by criminal information or quo warranto
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Word Origin and History for relator



"informer," c.1600, from Latin relator, agent noun; see relate.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper