noun ad·min·is·tra·tor \ əd-ˈmi-nə-ˌstrā-tər , -ˌstrā-ˌtȯr \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of administrator

1 :a person legally vested with the right of administration of an estate
2 a :one who administers especially business, school, or governmental affairs
b :a priest appointed to administer a diocese or parish temporarily

Examples of administrator in a Sentence

  1. Her eldest son will act as the administrator of the estate.

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Origin and Etymology of administrator

Middle English administratour, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin administātor "person in charge, manager," from administrāre "to administer" + -tor, agent suffix

ADMINISTRATOR Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of administrator for English Language Learners

  • : a person whose job is to manage a company, school, or other organization

  • : a person who controls the use of something (such as property or money)

ADMINISTRATOR Defined for Kids


noun ad·min·is·tra·tor \ əd-ˈmi-nə-ˌstrā-tər \

Definition of administrator for Students

:a person who administers business, school, or government affairs

Law Dictionary


noun ad·min·i·stra·tor \ əd-ˈmi-nə-ˌstrā-tər \

legal Definition of administrator

1 :a person appointed by a probate court to manage the distribution of the assets in the estate of a person who has died without leaving a valid will or leaving a will that does not name an executor able or willing to perform — see also administratrix, letters of administration at letter 2 — compare executor, personal representative
administrator ad litem
:an administrator appointed to represent an estate that is a necessary party to a lawsuit
administrator cum testamento annexo
:administrator with the will annexed in this entry
administrator de bonis non \-dē-ˈbō-nis-ˈnän, -dā-ˈbō-nis-ˈnōn\
:an administrator appointed to administer the remaining assets in the estate when the preceding administrator or executor can or will no longer perform
administrator pendente lite \-pen-ˈden-tē-ˈlī-tē, -pen-ˈden-tā-ˈlē-tā\
:special administrator in this entry
administrator with the will annexed
:an administrator appointed to administer an estate where the will names no executor or where the named executor is incapable of performing or unwilling to perform called also administrator cum testamento annexo
ancillary administrator
:a subordinate administrator appointed to administer the assets of an estate that are located in a different jurisdiction from the one where the deceased was domiciled and where the primary administration of the estate is taking place
foreign administrator
:an administrator appointed in another state
general administrator
:an administrator appointed to administer the entire estate of a deceased person in accordance with the laws of intestacy or in accordance with the will if there is one — compare special administrator in this entry
independent administrator
:an administrator whose administration of the estate is entirely or mostly unsupervised by the probate court
public administrator
1 :a public officer who administers the estates of deceased people when there is no one else willing or entitled to perform
2 :an administrator appointed in some states for the sole purpose of being responsible for the assets in an estate pending settlement of a dispute or when there is doubt as to who should be appointed administrator
special administrator
1 :an administrator appointed to administer only a designated part of the deceased person's estate
2 :an administrator appointed for the sole purpose of being responsible for the assets in an estate usually in some emergency (as a will contest) — compare general administrator in this entry
2 :a person that administers; especiallyoften capitalized :the head of a government agency

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