[trans-ley-ter, tranz-, trans-ley-ter, tranz-]


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.

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

Examples from the Web for translator

Contemporary Examples of translator

Historical Examples of translator

  • To these two gentlemen the translator is under deep obligations.

    Y Gododin


  • The translator had apparently known little of mining and not too much of Latin.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • Indeed the task of the translator of passions into speech may be pronounced "too difficult."

    Notes on My Books

    Joseph Conrad

  • Bellon was an assiduous hackney writer and translator of the day.

  • A translator can have but one aim—to present the thought of the author faithfully.

    Chinese Painters

    Raphael Petrucci

British Dictionary definitions for translator



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper