es·​ti·​ma·​tor ˈe-stə-ˌmā-tər How to pronounce estimator (audio)
: one that estimates
: estimate sense 1b
also : a statistical function whose value for a sample furnishes an estimate of a population parameter

Examples of estimator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rush published a price estimator tool online on Jan. 1, 2021, the same day the rule went into effect. Ilana Arougheti, Chicago Tribune, 5 Sep. 2023 The comptroller’s office is the state’s chief tax collector, accountant, revenue estimator and treasurer. Talia Richman, Dallas News, 23 Aug. 2023 The estimator will take detailed notes, as well as pictures of the entire vehicle. Laura Daily, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2022 Many jobs — like cost estimators and insulation workers — have changed a lot with technology, and that change is only accelerating. Aruni Soni,, 19 July 2023 White also worked as a construction estimator and later had a financial analyst internship at McKenny’s Inc., a facility construction, operation, and maintenance company located in Atlanta, according to his LinkedIn. Conor Roche,, 29 Apr. 2023 Emma Garza joins as a lead estimator and will provide management and leadership support in the pursuit of new projects. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2023 Jehremy Foster, chief estimator for Precision Environmental (, which treats for this fungus and offers a range of other remediation services in Southern California, said the treatment protocol might seem simple, but actually doing it can be very time-consuming — and expensive. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2023 In Escondido Union High School District Trustee Area Number 4, which includes Northeast Escondido and parts of Valley Center, incumbent Dane White significantly led his challengers, construction estimator Eric Rodarte and software trainer Ogechi Okereke. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of estimator was in 1611

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“Estimator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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