in·struc·tor | \in-ˈstrək-tər \

Definition of instructor 

: one that instructs : teacher especially : a college teacher below professorial rank

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Other Words from instructor

instructorship \in-ˈstrək-tər-ˌship \ noun

Examples of instructor in a Sentence

He's a poetry instructor at a local community college. had spent most of his adulthood as an instructor in the local school system

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Usually, the instructor is a graduate student getting certified in teaching English as a foreign language. Anya Van Wagtendonk,, "For these immigrants, flipping pancakes and learning English go hand-in-hand," 12 July 2018 The letter was to be shared confidentially with the student instructor, but McAdams refused to write it. Washington Post, "Wisconsin high court sides with fired conservative professor," 6 July 2018 During the two-hour class, the instructor provides an example of painting and teaches participants how to re-create the artwork. Sarah Shemkus,, "5 marijuana-infused things to do in New England," 21 June 2018 The cost, which includes the textbook, is $65 for individuals, $55 for each additional family member taking the class at the same time and $40 for military members, who must show military identification to the class instructor. Courant Community, "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 12 June 2018 The instructor said that electronics are harder to sniff out than bombs, drugs, humans, or flammable liquids. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Police departments are training dogs to sniff out thumb drives," 11 June 2018 The instructor blared Weiner’s favorite songs and offered strong motivational cues to the entire class. Lisa Eadicicco, Time, "Working Out Is Hard. Streaming Just Might Make It Easier," 31 May 2018 Most of the ballet choreography is done by DeWitt and Franco, but the dance school’s instructors get involved in choreographing the jazz, tap and hip-hop numbers. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Ballerinas make a career of dance at their own studio," 29 May 2018 Its knives are often developed by the instructors to be useful for tasks like rope rescue and first aid. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, "Our Favorite #Vanlife Gear from Overland Expo West," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of instructor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of instructor

: a person who teaches a subject or skill : someone who instructs people

: a teacher in a college or university who is not a professor


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to reject or criticize sharply

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