surveyor

[ ser-vey-er ]
/ sərˈveɪ ər /

noun

a person whose occupation is surveying.
an overseer or supervisor.
Chiefly British. a person who inspects something officially for the purpose of ascertaining condition, value, etc.
(formerly) a U.S. customs official responsible for ascertaining the quantity and value of imported merchandise.
(initial capital letter)U.S. Aerospace. one of a series of space probes (1966–68) that analyzed lunar soil and obtained other scientific information after soft-landing on the moon.

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Origin of surveyor

1375–1425; late Middle English surveio(u)r<Anglo-French surveiour;Middle French surve(i)our, equivalent to surve(i)- (see survey) + -our-or2

OTHER WORDS FROM surveyor

sur·vey·or·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for surveyor

surveyor
/ (sɜːˈveɪə) /

noun

a person whose occupation is to survey land or buildingsSee also quantity surveyor
mainly British a person concerned with the official inspection of something for purposes of measurement and valuation
a person who carries out surveys, esp of ships (marine surveyor) to determine seaworthiness, etc
a customs official
archaic a supervisor

Derived forms of surveyor

surveyorship, noun
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