an·​i·​ma·​tor | \ ˈa-nə-ˌmā-tər How to pronounce animator (audio) \

Definition of animator

1 : one that animates prime animator of the movement
2 : an artist who is involved in creating animated cartoons

Examples of animator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Roser is an Asian American artist who counts his talents as an animator, sound artist and multimedia artist. Nadja Sayej, Forbes, "The Myth In The Machine: Inside Lorin Roser’s New York Exhibition," 2 Mar. 2021 The results are stunning high-resolution, 3-D movies of cells that look like the creation of a computer animator, not a physicist. Jen Christiansen, Scientific American, "No-Kill, High-Resolution 3-D Movies of Cells Now Possible," 21 May 2013 Gilchrist is also a children’s book author, animator, songwriter and musician. Jessica Saggio | Contributing Writer,, "Famed Muppets cartoonist Guy Gilchrist kicks off tour with fans in Covington," 7 Feb. 2021 The former Disney painter and animator, who worked such films as The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and Lilo & Stitch, has died at the age of 91 due to COVID-19, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Vulture Editors, Vulture, "All the Celebrities Who Have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus," 9 Jan. 2021 Meanwhile, Chou pursued longtime Disney animator Glen Keane and his producing partner, Gennie Rim, for the project. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, "‘Over the Moon’ turns Chinese legend into a musical animated feature," 25 Jan. 2021 Also working as an animator, Richard recently signed a partnership with Adult Swim to create opportunities for other Black visual artists on Adult Swim’s online and linear platforms. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "The Deals: Ella Fitzgerald Estate Goes Cheek to Cheek With Downtown, Neil Jacobson Forms Music SPAC," 21 Jan. 2021 Ezawa, who once had a job filming legal proceedings, combines a courtroom artist’s restraint with a cartoon animator’s affinity for action. Washington Post, "At the Hirshhorn, six online art videos ask how media shapes memory," 16 Dec. 2020 The animator Tomm Moore first learned of these myths as a teen-ager in Kilkenny, in the early nineties. Mark O’connell, The New Yorker, "Cartoon Saloon and the New Golden Age of Animation," 11 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of animator

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Animator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of animator

: a person who creates animated movies and cartoons


an·​i·​ma·​tor | \ ˈa-nə-ˌmā-tər \

Kids Definition of animator

: a person who creates animated movies and cartoons

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