ed·i·tor | \ˈe-də-tər \

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 \ noun

Examples of editor in a Sentence

the editor of the city paper working as a film editor

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Flummoxed by this distressing paradox, my editor turned to me for answers. Evelyn Lamb, Smithsonian, "The Scientific Quest For the Perfect S’more," 13 July 2018 That's why our beauty editors combed through each and every deal to narrow down the list to absolute best deals. Glamour Beauty Editors, Glamour, "The Best Beauty Deals From Nordstrom's 2018 Anniversary Sale," 12 July 2018 After July 30 our editors will select 10 finalists from the entries. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Do You Have the World's Cutest Rescue Dog? People and Pedigree Want to Turn Them Into a Star!," 10 July 2018 Our editors choose the morning’s most important and entertaining items, and deliver them to you in short, easy-to-digest bites. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "The Thailand cave rescue is complete, and more on the Supreme Court | Tuesday Morning Brief, July 10," 10 July 2018 Even before her editor asks her to return home to Wind Gap, Camille is clearly haunted by the place. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharp Objects Episode 1: Home Is Where the Horror Is," 9 July 2018 In 2012, Ramos sued Hartley, his editor and the Capital Gazette for defamation in Prince George's County District Court. Anchorage Daily News, "Suspect in Capital Gazette shooting had sued paper for defamation," 29 June 2018 The wider point our ex-editor was making, though, is pertinent. The Economist, "A paradox at the heart of gift-giving," 28 June 2018 Here’s some smoothie inspiration: All products featured on Bonappetit.com are independently selected by our editors. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appetit, "If You’re Gonna Cook on Vacation, Bring These Kitchen Tools with You," 28 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of editor

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

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evasion of direct action or statement

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