enu·​mer·​a·​tor | \ i-ˈn(y)ü-mə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce enumerator (audio) \

Definition of enumerator

: one that enumerates especially : a census taker

Examples of enumerator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Census Bureau announces new ‘target date’ of Oct. 5 to finish 2020 Census count," 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, "Can the Census Be Saved in Indian Country?," 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, "SF census workers say they were told the counting was done. But the city tally is far from complete," 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, "'We shouldn’t have to beg': Americans struggle without unemployment aid as Congress stalls on extending benefits," 25 Aug. 2020 The Florida enumerator said her mask was flimsy and too big for her face. Mike Schneider, Star Tribune, "Bourbon-scented sanitizer and wary public challenge census," 16 Aug. 2020 The Florida enumerator said her mask was flimsy and too big for her face. Mike Schneider, Anchorage Daily News, "Bourbon-scented sanitizer and wary public challenge census," 16 Aug. 2020 Conversely, the folklore of enumerators also includes examples where the enumerator outsmarts a reluctant resident. James Deutsch, Smithsonian Magazine, "Here’s Why Taking America’s Roll Call Is a Hard-Knock Job," 15 Apr. 2020 In the last census in 2010, 66.5 percent of households filled out forms; most of the rest were contacted by an army of door-knockers, called enumerators, who started work after the formal deadline for responding had passed. Michael Wines, New York Times, "Knocked Off Track by Coronavirus, Census Announces Delay in 2020 Count," 11 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of enumerator

1835, in the meaning defined above

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13 Oct 2020

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“Enumerator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enumerator. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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