ed·​u·​ca·​tor | \ ˈe-jə-ˌkā-tər \

Definition of educator 

1 : one skilled in teaching : teacher
2a : a student of the theory and practice of education : educationist sense 2
b : an administrator in education

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Synonyms for educator


educationist [chiefly British], instructor, pedagogue (also pedagog), preceptor, schoolteacher, teacher

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Examples of educator in a Sentence

The conference will attract many leading scholars and educators. decided at a fairly young age that there is no more rewarding career than that of an educator

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Dunleavy is a former educator who worked in Alaska as a teacher, principal and superintendent. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Mike Dunleavy wins GOP nod for Alaska governor, setting stage for toss-up three-way race," 22 Aug. 2018 Hayes is an educator who was named National Teacher of the Year in 2016 by President Barack Obama. Vox Staff, Vox, "Midterms 2018: Jahana Hayes vs. Manny Santos in Connecticut’s 5th District," 14 Aug. 2018 Presenting a session at a technology in conference can be a once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment for most educators. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Tech-savvy teens from D204 are presenting at international conference," 1 June 2018 Michelle Wong, a science educator, the founder of the Lab Muffin Beauty Science blog, and a former moderator on r/SkincareAddiction, says sunscreen is the most common holy grail sought by that subreddit’s users. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The “best” lipstick probably won’t change your life — but the search for it can," 12 Dec. 2018 Tonight is the pre-school-year event to rev up the educators for another season of philanthropy. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Kimbal Musk Is Reinventing Food One Shipping Container at a Time," 24 Oct. 2018 What's taught in public schools in the U.S. is generally left up to states and local educators. Fox News, "Attack ad against McCaskill slammed as 'Islamophobic'," 27 Sep. 2018 The actress, who was born in Hawaii, grew up in Sydney, the eldest daughter of a biochemist father and a nurse-educator mother. Brooke Hauser, Marie Claire, "Nicole Kidman Makes Her Mark," 17 Sep. 2018 Ellen Kate Friedrichs, a health and sexuality educator in Brooklyn, NY breaks it down. 1. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "15 Things Every Girl Needs to Know About Masturbation," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of educator

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of educator

: a person (such as a teacher or a school administrator) who has a job in the field of education

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