[ trans-ley-ter, tranz-, trans-ley-ter, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈleɪ tər, trænz-, ˈtræns leɪ tər, ˈtrænz- /


Also translater. a person who translates.
Television. a relay station that receives programming on one frequency and rebroadcasts it at another frequency for improved local reception.

Nearby words

  1. translater,
  2. translation,
  3. translation dictionary,
  4. translation of axes,
  5. translative,
  6. transliterate,
  7. transliteration,
  8. translocate,
  9. translocation,
  10. translocation down syndrome

Origin of translator

1350–1400; Middle English translatour (< Middle French) < Late Latin translātor (Latin: one who transfers a thing); see translate, -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for translator


/ (trænsˈleɪtə, trænz-) /


a person or machine that translates speech or writing
radio a relay transmitter that retransmits a signal on a carrier frequency different from that on which it was received
computing a computer program that converts a program from one language to another
Derived Formstranslatorial, adjective

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Word Origin and History for translator



mid-14c., from Old French translator (12c.) or directly from Latin translatorem, agent noun from transferre (see transfer).

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