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 editorship (audio) \ noun

Examples of editor in a Sentence

the editor of the city paper working as a film editor

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Our weekly selection of book reviews and recommendations from Book World editor Ron Charles. Jake Cline, Washington Post, "Patti Smith looks back at a heartbreaking year," 17 Sep. 2019 David Law is the Sir Y. K. Pao Chair in Public Law at the University of Hong Kong and the editor of the forthcoming Constitutionalism in Context. Louis Michael Seidman, Harper's magazine, "Constitution in Crisis," 16 Sep. 2019 Pope is the editor and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, which spearheaded the initiative along with Mark Hertsgaard of The Nation magazine earlier this year. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Why you're seeing so much news coverage of the climate crisis this month," 15 Sep. 2019 Rob Robillard is a general contractor, carpenter, editor of AConcordCarpenter.com, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business. Boston.com Real Estate, "Ask the Carpenter: Mold in the attic and trouble in the garage," 12 Sep. 2019 Reporting Benjamin Chertoff, Davin Coburn, Michael Connery, David Enders, Kevin Haynes, Kristin Roth, Tracy Saelinger, Erik Sofge and the editors of POPULAR MECHANICS. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Debunking Myths About United Flight 93," 10 Sep. 2019 Mark Peikert, editor-in-chief of Playbill, points to the loosening of blue laws in the ’70s when businesses were finally allowed to open on Sundays. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Mondays Off Broadway: What Beetlejuice's Alex Brightman Does on His Day Off," 9 Sep. 2019 One of Whitefield’s most significant roles was as executive news editor of the paper’s National Edition, a special compilation of political stories curated for Washington power brokers. La Cañada Valley Sun, "Services set for La Cañadan Paul Whitefield, veteran newspaper editor," 27 Aug. 2019 He is considered one of the leading experts on movement disorders and is the editor of Merritt’s Textbook of Neurology, a standard clinical guide in the field. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "In Men, It’s Parkinson’s. In Women, It’s Hysteria.," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of editor

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of editor was in 1649

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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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