enu·​mer·​a·​tor i-ˈn(y)ü-mə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce enumerator (audio)
: one that enumerates
especially : a census taker

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One enumerator in San Francisco came upon a household of Chinese workers living together, working in a laundry. WIRED, 25 Aug. 2022 Out of financial necessity during the pandemic, reporter Jeremy Miller becomes a census enumerator in Richmond, California, for $25 an hour. Longreads, 24 Oct. 2021 After his job as an enumerator for the Census Bureau ended, Freddy Sweet of San Francisco signed up for unemployment. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 July 2021 Over the weekend, an enumerator in Texas contacted the court, saying census employees there were being instructed to wrap up operations by Sept. 30 despite the ruling. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2020 Even so, like most people, Shandiin Herrera, a Diné citizen and census enumerator who lives in Navajo Nation in southern Utah, didn’t think too much about the census before last year. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 25 Sep. 2020 Freddy Sweet, a 78-year-old who lives in the Inner Richmond, worked as a census enumerator in 2010 and said this year has been a very different experience. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, 18 Sep. 2020 His wife, a teacher, took a temporary second job this month with the U.S. Census Bureau as an enumerator. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2020 The Florida enumerator said her mask was flimsy and too big for her face. Mike Schneider, Star Tribune, 16 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of enumerator was in 1835

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Cite this Entry

“Enumerator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enumerator. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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