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 executor (audio) \ adjective

Examples of executor in a Sentence

He named his daughter as his executor.
Recent Examples on the Web His father, Ricky Blaylock, was designated executor of the estate and Jaqueline Blaylock (Wisnewski), his mother, as the trustee. Carrie Napoleon, chicagotribune.com, 30 Aug. 2021 When a close friend died in April, Tuck was named the executor of the estate, charged with handling the sale and disbursement of her friend’s home and other property, like vehicles. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Aug. 2021 His will was admitted to probate and soon thereafter the executor transferred the $150,000 savings account to Charlie. Dallas News, 13 June 2021 He was temporarily made the sole executor of her estate in 2019 after his co-conservator, Andrew Wallet, resigned. NBC News, 8 July 2021 Laganja wins the lip sync and thereby becomes the executor of the will of the All Stars 6 cast. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, 2 July 2021 Following Grossman’s death, the executor of his estate filed the federal estate tax return, IRS Form 706. Robert Goulder, Forbes, 18 June 2021 General Khiem was the government’s toughest policy executor and a darling of the United States Embassy. New York Times, 2 July 2021 An executor determines whether there is transparency about the estate and fairness to the heirs. Bob Carlson, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021

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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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14 Sep 2021

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“Executor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/executor. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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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