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) \

Definition of executor

1a : one who executes something
b obsolete : executioner
2a : the person appointed by a testator to execute a will

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Other Words from executor

executorial \ ig-​ˌze-​k(y)ə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce executorial (audio) \ adjective

Examples of executor in a Sentence

He named his daughter as his executor.
Recent Examples on the Web Prude’s sister, Tameshay, sued as executor of his estate and named the city of Rochester, Singletary, and officers involved in the arrest as defendants. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Rochester protesters paint 'murderers', 'resign' on street during Daniel Prude demonstrations," 9 Sep. 2020 Prude’s sister, Tameshay, filed the lawsuit as executor of his estate and named the City of Rochester, Singletary and officers involved in the arrest as defendants. Michael Hill And Michael R. Sisak, chicagotribune.com, "Top police leaders in Rochester retire after suffocation death of Daniel Prude," 8 Sep. 2020 In this knowledge, my younger brother is agitating for information about Dad's will (I have been named executor). Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: My greedy brother is just waiting for dad to die!," 26 Aug. 2020 Both also cited mental anguish and emotional distress and demanded damages from Bourgeois’ son, Theophile Bourgeois IV, as the executor of his father’s succession. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Passengers who survived deadly plane crash in Gulf of Mexico accuse killed pilot of negligence," 17 Aug. 2020 The jury agreed, and last year the executor of the man’s estate, his brother, was awarded over $400,000 including attorney’s fees and other costs. Sean Campbell, ProPublica, "CareOne Nursing Homes Said They Could Safely Take More COVID-19 Patients. But Death Rates Soared.," 13 Aug. 2020 Helen Zia, executor of the Chin estate and co-founder of American Citizens for Justice, told NBC News in 2015 that Ebens still owed the estate more than $8 million. NBC News, "Anniversary of Vincent Chin's death relevant in era of 'Kung flu' and COVID-19 blame, experts say," 23 June 2020 These days some galleries tout for estate work; some even poach estates from others by winning over executors. The Economist, "Still lives It takes planning, not just talent, to be remembered as a great artist," 28 May 2020 The company is registered to Michael Caughran, of Colville, Stevens County, and the board of executors includes Barry Byrd, the pastor of the Marble community. Chad Sokol, The Seattle Times, "Leaked emails show Washington state Rep. Matt Shea endorsed training children to fight in holy war," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of executor

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

History and Etymology for executor

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

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13 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Executor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/executor. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of executor

: someone who is named in a will as the person who will make sure that the instructions in the will are properly followed


ex·​ec·​u·​tor | \ ig-ˈze-kyə-tər How to pronounce executor (audio) \

Legal Definition of executor

: a person named by a testator to execute or carry out the instructions in a will — compare administrator

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