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 From our editor-in-chief: Lessons for those leading during the coronavirus: Don't sugarcoat news. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Trump announces 'Operation Warp Speed,' says U.S. could have coronavirus vaccine by January," 15 May 2020 His editors have discussed the issue with him to reiterate that his job is to report the facts and not to offer his own opinions. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "'His job is to report the facts': New York Times reprimands reporter for demanding CDC director resign," 12 May 2020 Our editorial pages editor recalled its comforts for him as an L.A. newcomer. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential California Week in Review: Going through phases," 9 May 2020 My editor was great and always conceived of the book as complicated literary nonfiction. Leah Carroll, refinery29.com, "How ‘The Third Rainbow Girl’ Challenges True Crime’s “Dead Girl Industrial Complex”," 7 May 2020 A couple years ago, my editor asked me to write about a favorite dish that my mom made. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Easy cake recipe always brings back memories of Mom," 7 May 2020 Send an email to our editor: rgreen@courierjournal.com. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "'Storytime with The Courier Journal' features famous Kentuckians reading books to children," 4 May 2020 Every pair of headphones on this list has been thoroughly vetted and evaluated by our test editors. Will Egensteiner, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Wireless Headphones for the Office, Traveling, and Working Out," 28 Apr. 2020 She and weekly guests, whether Martha Stewart, Marie Kondo, the Property Brothers or Amy Astley, editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest, answer your decorating, design and decluttering questions. The Washington Post, "Laura Dowling, former White House chief floral designer," 7 May 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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24 May 2020

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“Editor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/editor. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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