in·​struc·​tor | \ in-ˈstrək-tər How to pronounce instructor (audio) \

Definition of instructor

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

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instructorship \ in-​ˈstrək-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce instructor (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Norrell said the facility will be manned by a staff including an administrator and six teachers as well as a yoga instructor and staff that work with the district’s therapy dog, Vuolo. David Sharos,, 6 Oct. 2021 The plane landed safely, and the flight instructor and a student inside were not hurt. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2021 The flight instructor and a student aboard the plane landed safely and were not hurt. Fox News, 1 Oct. 2021 The pilot of the Cessna, whose identity was not released, is certified as a commercial and transport pilot and a flight instructor and reported a total of 17,617 flight hours, including 10,000 hours in the Cessna 402, the report says., 29 Sep. 2021 Tara Ellison is a freelance writer and instructor in Los Angeles and is working on her second book. New York Times, 29 Sep. 2021 Spalding has long been an instructor and innovator. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 28 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, acquaintances in the Bay Area, where Souverneva had worked as a science tutor and yoga instructor through at least last year, seemed shocked by her alleged crime. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Sep. 2021 Mullen, the son of a dance instructor and drama teacher, sees a 100-yard field of grass as his canvas and the Gators’ sideline as his stage. Edgar Thompson,, 23 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of instructor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of instructor was in the 15th century

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“Instructor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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


in·​struc·​tor | \ in-ˈstrək-tər How to pronounce instructor (audio) \

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