[ ri-pawr-ter, -pohr- ]
/ rɪˈpɔr tər, -ˈpoʊr- /


a person who reports.
a person employed to gather and report news, as for a newspaper, wire service, or television station.
a person who prepares official reports, as of legal or legislative proceedings.

Nearby words

  1. reportage,
  2. reported,
  3. reported clause,
  4. reported speech,
  5. reportedly,
  6. reporter gene,
  7. reporting,
  8. reportorial,
  9. reposal,
  10. repose

Origin of reporter

1350–1400; Middle English reportour < Anglo-French (Old French reporteur). See report, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reporter


/ (rɪˈpɔːtə) /


a person who reports, esp one employed to gather news for a newspaper, news agency, or broadcasting organization
a person, esp a barrister, authorized to write official accounts of judicial proceedings
a person authorized to report the proceedings of a legislature
(in Scotland) social welfare an official who arranges and conducts children's panel hearings and who may investigate cases and decide on the action to be taken
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

Word Origin and History for reporter



late 14c., reportour, "one who gives an account," agent noun from report (v.), or from Old French reporteur (Modern French rapporteur). In the newspaper sense, from 1798. French reporter in this sense is a 19c. borrowing from English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper