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

Our deputy food editor always has chopsticks and tasting spoons on hand. Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, "Chris Morocco’s Top 10 Cooking Rules," 11 Sep. 2019 Alexander, who grew up in the Boston area and served as the Boston editor for Thrillist in 2008, spoke about the book from his home in Northern California. BostonGlobe.com, "A conversation with Kevin Alexander, author of ‘Burn the Ice: The American Culinary Revolution and its End’ - The Boston Globe," 11 Sep. 2019 Jon and his team at The Courier — including assistant sports editor Rob Tate and reporter Justin Maskulinski — cover a wide territory in the North Houston area with 14 UIL schools and six private schools. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "Houston-area high school football media poll: Week 3," 10 Sep. 2019 But in August, when the former vice president made this point at the Iowa State Fair, an editor from Breitbart was waiting to confront him. Jake Bittle, The New Republic, "Remember Trump’s Charlottesville Comments? Conservatives Don’t.," 10 Sep. 2019 Nora Dressel Finicle, Franktown To send a letter to the editor about this article, submit online or check out our guidelines for how to submit by email or mail. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Doing the math while debating teachers’ salaries (9/8/19)," 8 Sep. 2019 Runway shows were a matter of public interest, but their main audiences were those editors and store buyers. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Do fashion weeks still have a purpose?," 7 Sep. 2019 Below, shop all the tech, beauty, and lifestyle essentials that help Vogue editors actually survive fashion week—time and time again. Julie Tong, Vogue, "The Must-Have Gadgets and Gear for Fashion Month, According to Vogue Editors," 6 Sep. 2019 Ellis Ross showed beauty editors and her Instagram Live community her co-wash haircare routine during an event for Pattern Beauty. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tracee Ellis Ross Worked on Her Haircare Line Pattern Beauty for 10 Years," 6 Sep. 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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