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

In our June letter from the editor, Allure's Michelle Lee shares a story about the long-lasting effects of the '90s thin brow trend, and brow artist who helped reverse them. Michelle Lee, Allure, "Thanks to Microblading, I Finally Have My Pre-Tweezer Eyebrows Back," 9 May 2019 All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. Emilia Benton, SELF, "How I Treated My Plantar Fasciitis in Time to Run My Best Marathon Yet," 8 May 2019 In particular, the royal editor for ITV News, Chris Ship, suggested via Twitter that Meghan had written the most recent Instagram post. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is Meghan Markle Writing Her Own Instagram Posts? One Royal Reporter Seems to Think so," 15 Apr. 2019 The Popular Mechanics editors head to the Outdoor Retailer show to learn about the newest and most innovative outdoor gear that's heading to market. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "Catch Us Tonight in a New TV Special About the Very Best in Outdoor Gear," 31 Mar. 2019 The legging problem—that's the title of a recent letter to the editor published in the University of Notre Dame's student newspaper The Observer. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Mother Thinks Women at the University of Notre Dame Should Stop Wearing Leggings," 28 Mar. 2019 The group has a history of providing services in black communities, running child care centers and bakeries, Amy Alexander, a journalist and the editor of a book on Farrakhan, told Vox. Anna North, Vox, "The Women’s March changed the American left. Now anti-Semitism allegations threaten the group’s future.," 21 Dec. 2018 Leah Campbell is a writer and editor living in Anchorage, Alaska. Leah Campbell, Glamour, "I Lost My Fertility at 26," 23 Apr. 2019 The tally, shared on Twitter by Aviation Week & Space Technology defense editor Stephen Trimble, shows a slight increase of 17 aircraft year over year, from 362 authorized in 2019 to 379 proposed for 2020. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon’s 2020 Budget Asks for Nearly 380 Aircraft, But One Buy Is Raising Eyebrows," 13 Mar. 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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