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
Recent Examples on the Web Changhao Wei, founder and editor of the National People’s Congress Observer blog, said the Hong Kong legislation was the first time since 2012 that China passed a new law without first releasing a draft for public consultation. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "China’s security law sends chill through Hong Kong, 23 years after handover," 30 June 2020 Ken Tumin is founder and editor of DepositAccounts.com, which has been tracking and rating the savings, CD and checking account offerings of banks and credit unions for more than a decade. Ken Tumin, CBS News, "Americans are hoarding their cash — here are the best places to put it," 5 June 2020 Editor Chris Quinn hosts Thursday’s daily half-hour coronavirus news podcast, with help from criminal justice editor Kris Wernowsky and me. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Ohio’s coronavirus surge keeps soaring: This Week in the CLE," 13 July 2020 Or getting a job as a sports editor in Asheville, North Carolina, in the late '90s and taking a call from a reader who didn’t try to hide his disgust at Ellis’ hiring after seeing his photo in the paper. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "A Black man reveals what he's endured, teaching 2 white friends what can be done when we talk," 13 July 2020 Email political editor Carl Weiser at cweiser@enquirer.com. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, "'We are what America should be.' 4 Democratic women are challenging Greater Cincinnati's GOP congressmen," 13 July 2020 Gregory Thomas is The Chronicle’s editor of lifestyle and outdoor. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "It’s time to rethink downtown SF. Here’s one of the most radical visions out there," 12 July 2020 John Talty is the sports editor and SEC Insider for Alabama Media Group. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, "Greg Sankey expresses ‘high to very high’ concern on having 2020 season," 11 July 2020 For example, the top editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer resigned after Black reporters objected to a racially insensitive headline. David Bauder, The Christian Science Monitor, "With '50 Percent Initiative,' NBC leads charge to diversify news," 10 July 2020

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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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31 Jul 2020

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“Editor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/editor. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce editor (audio)

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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