[ skroo-tey-ter ]
/ skruˈteɪ tər /


a person who investigates.


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Origin of scrutator

1570–80; < Latin scrūtātor searcher, examiner, equivalent to scrūtā(rī) to examine (see scrutiny) + -tor -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for scrutator

  • As usual in such cases, 'Scrutator' proceeded to make short work of him.

    Sharps and Flats|John Nevil Maskelyne
  • Scrutator” tells us that in the time of Mr. Meynell “it was not the fashion to have second horses in the field.

    The Horsewoman|Alice M. Hayes
  • "Scrutator," who followed, disclaimed any personal grievance.

  • A remonstrance has reached me from Scrutator on the subject of Knot I., which he declares was "no problem at all."

    A Tangled Tale|Lewis Carroll

British Dictionary definitions for scrutator

/ (skruːˈteɪtə) /


a person who examines or scrutinizes

Word Origin for scrutator

from Latin, from scrūtārī to search
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