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

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 Riza Cruz is an editor and writer based in New York. Riza Cruz, ELLE, 27 Sep. 2022 Most storms typically travel northeast or northwest, not up the coast, AccuWeather senior weather editor Jesse Ferrell said. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2022 Liz Raiss is a writer, editor and furniture enthusiast based in Los Angeles. Liz Raiss, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2022 Evan is the culture editor for Men’s Health, with bylines in The New York Times, MTV News, Brooklyn Magazine, and VICE. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 26 Sep. 2022 On this episode: Former Free Press sports editor Gene Myers joins Andrew Hammond to break down the first major test for the 1997 Michigan Wolverines, a visit by Notre Dame. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 26 Sep. 2022 Every item on this page was chosen by an ELLE Decor editor. Tanya Dukes, ELLE Decor, 26 Sep. 2022 Kirill Martynov, the political editor of Russia’s only remaining independent newspaper, sought refuge in Latvia with 53 other newspaper staff members. Kelly Kasulis Cho, Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2022 Speaking of silver foxes: John Slattery shows up briefly as Fletch’s sometimes editor, giving us a Mad Men reunion that’s closest thing to fan service that the movie dabbles in. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 26 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of editor

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Sep 2022

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“Editor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/editor. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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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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