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.

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
Related formssur·vey·or·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for surveyor

cartographer, assessor, measurer, mapmaker, topographer

Examples from the Web for surveyor

Contemporary Examples of surveyor

Historical Examples of surveyor

  • This Niebuhr, who was a surveyor by profession, was a young man who deserves our admiration.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • The surveyor of Hartwell also notes that the "tenements there be in decay."

  • Mounted men, carrying the tools and instruments of the surveyor, galloped about.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks

  • He was later to become deputy-auditor and surveyor of the woods.

    The Fathers of New England

    Charles M. Andrews

  • Alderson bore down upon him, triangulating the deck like a surveyor.

    Little Miss Grouch

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

British Dictionary definitions for surveyor



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 Formssurveyorship, noun
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Word Origin and History for surveyor

late 14c., from Anglo-French surveiour, from Middle French surveor, from Old French verb surveeir (see survey (v.)).

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