ex·​ec·​u·​tor ig-ˈze-k(y)ə-tər How to pronounce executor (audio)
or in sense 1
ˈek-sə-ˌkyü- How to pronounce executor (audio)
: one who executes something
obsolete : executioner
: the person appointed by a testator to execute a will
executorial adjective

Example Sentences

He named his daughter as his executor.
Recent Examples on the Web Her death was confirmed by Kate Marquez, executor of Leigh’s estate. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Nov. 2022 His sister Jody, who is the executor and trustee of his estate, has gradually begun offloading the assets that made up his $26 billion fortune. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 8 Nov. 2022 The Whitney relied instead on the Bank of New York, the executor of Josephine Hopper’s will. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2022 Tupper also claimed that Heche nominated him as executor in 2011. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 11 Oct. 2022 Rogers learned that the thrift store donations had come from the same person: Roseman, the estate executor. AZCentral.com, 6 Oct. 2022 Not long after Naomi Judd died by suicide in April at age 76, court documents revealed that the country music legend had named Strickland executor of her estate. Christi Carrasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2022 Elden listed the surviving band members, the executor of lead singer Kurt Cobain's estate, and various record labels as defendants. Jack Guy, CNN, 5 Sep. 2022 In the event that Strickland can't serve as executor for death or other reasons, Judd appointed her brother-in-law, Reginald Strickland, and Daniel Kris Wiatr, as co-executors, the will states. Diana Dasrath, NBC News, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin exsecutor, from exsequi

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of executor was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Executor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/executor. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


ex·​ec·​u·​tor ig-ˈzek-(y)ət-ər How to pronounce executor (audio)
in sense 1 also
ˈek-sə-ˌkyüt- How to pronounce executor (audio)
: a person who executes something
: the person named in a will to carry it out

Legal Definition


ex·​ec·​u·​tor ig-ˈze-kyə-tər How to pronounce executor (audio)
: a person named by a testator to execute or carry out the instructions in a will compare administrator
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