ed·​i·​tor | \ ˈe-də-tər How to pronounce editor (audio) \

Definition of editor

1 : someone who edits especially as an occupation
2 : a device used in editing motion-picture film or magnetic tape
3 : a computer program that permits the user to create or modify data (such as text or graphics) especially on a display screen

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Other Words from editor

editorship \ ˈe-​də-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce editor (audio) \ noun

Examples of editor in a Sentence

the editor of the city paper working as a film editor
Recent Examples on the Web Mark Faller is sports editor of the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. Mark Faller, The Arizona Republic, 18 July 2021 John Konrad, editor of gCaptain.com, a shipping industry news site. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021 The idea for this gender-centric world-wide history of Modernist photography originated with Andrea Nelson, associate curator in the Department of Photographs at Washington’s National Gallery and editor of the massive catalog. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, 17 July 2021 Great Salt Lake now is like water sitting in a plate, whereas most lakes resemble a cup, said Jaimi Butler, co-editor of the 2020 analysis showing the lake area had shrunk by 51%. Lucy Kafanov, CNN, 17 July 2021 The 42nd agent took her on, submitted it to an editor, and secured a lucrative deal. Malcom Forbes Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 In addition to the letter to the editor, students and faculty have circulated and signed an open letter objecting to Chick-fil-A’s potential campus outpost. Washington Post, 15 July 2021 In a separate New York Times letter to the editor, Peter Marks, a top FDA regulator, also pushed back explicitly on Eric Topol’s prior criticism. Lev Facher, STAT, 12 July 2021 His letters to the editor, fired on a hair trigger, left a trail of gun smoke. Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2021

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First Known Use of editor

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jul 2021

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“Editor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/editor. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of editor

: a person whose job is to edit something
: a computer program that is used to create and make changes to data (such as words or pictures)


ed·​i·​tor | \ ˈe-də-tər How to pronounce editor (audio) \

Kids Definition of editor

: a person whose job is to correct and revise writing so it can be published


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