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teacher

[tee-cher]
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noun
  1. a person who teaches or instructs, especially as a profession; instructor.
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Origin of teacher

First recorded in 1250–1300, teacher is from the Middle English word techer. See teach, -er1
Related formsteach·er·less, adjectiveteach·er·ship, nounnon·teach·er, nounself-teach·er, nounun·der·teach·er, noun
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  • He might even qualify for some distinction in it with such a teacher!

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Along the road from Sils came the teacher leaning on his staff.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • They began at once to think of whom they should inquire,—of the teacher, or of the grandmother.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • For this the teacher brought out his old fiddle and tuned it.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • The teacher stood looking at the child in great surprise and some displeasure.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri


British Dictionary definitions for teacher

teacher

noun
  1. a person whose occupation is teaching others, esp children
  2. a personified concept that teachesnature is a good teacher
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Derived Formsteacherless, adjective
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Word Origin and History for teacher

n.

"one who teaches," c.1300; agent noun from teach (v.). It was used earlier in a sense of "index finger" (late 13c.). Teacher's pet attested from 1856.

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