an·​i·​ma·​tor ˈa-nə-ˌmā-tər How to pronounce animator (audio)
: one that animates
prime animator of the movement
: an artist who is involved in creating animated cartoons

Examples of animator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After seeing The Inventor, younger viewers may have difficulty deciding among being budding scientists, artists or animators. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Sep. 2023 This meditation on grief and growing up does solidify the position, however, that Miyazaki remains the greatest living animator today, period. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 8 Sep. 2023 Designed for touch, Procreate Dreams features tools like Performing that enable users to automatically add keyframes to a project using gestures that record the animator’s actions in real time. Jess Weatherbed, The Verge, 8 Sep. 2023 The problem with ‘Snow White’ The animators’ trouble had its roots in spectacular success. Francine Uenuma, Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2023 Imagine a sequence of four squiggly shapes created by an animator, each different from the last. IEEE Spectrum, 3 Sep. 2023 Animation Academy is a year-round hands-on experience where guests learn how to draw favorite characters from a Disney animator — and during spooky season, the ever-changing lineup of characters welcomes some special Halloween additions. Carly Caramanna, Travel + Leisure, 28 Aug. 2023 Eight of Variety’s 10 animators to watch attended the event to accept their awards of recognition. Sophia Scorziello, Variety, 19 July 2023 Part design collective, part digital factory, the outfit comprises video artists, animators, game and fashion designers, skateboarders and creatives of many other ilks. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of animator was in 1611

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“Animator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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an·​i·​ma·​tor ˈan-ə-ˌmāt-ər How to pronounce animator (audio)
: someone who makes an animated cartoon
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