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  1. a person who relates or tells; narrator.
  2. Law.
    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.
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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
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Related Words for relator

poet, narrator, raconteur, chronicler, fabulist, bard, minstrel, biographer, relator

Examples from the Web for relator

Historical Examples of relator

  • I know but few less credulous than the relator, but he is no Sadducee.

    Welsh Folk-Lore

    Elias Owen

  • "The policeman was a kind-hearted, sensible fellow," said the relator of the incident.


    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • And, in fact, the record in so many words so stated, and the statement was uncontroverted by the relator.

  • Abraham Crist appeared for the relator, and John Greenwood for the defendant.

  • I will introduce him as the relator of his own story, taking some liberty, however, with the phraseology.

British Dictionary definitions for relator


  1. a person who relates a story; narrator
  2. English law a person who gives information upon which the attorney general brings an action
  3. 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.

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