instructor

noun
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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Other Words from instructor

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

Synonyms for instructor

Synonyms

educationist [chiefly British], educator, pedagogue (also pedagog), preceptor, schoolteacher, teacher

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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

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One cue that instructors often give during lunges is to make sure your knees don't move past your toes. Amy Marturana, SELF, "18 Lunge Variations That Will Work Your Butt From Every Angle," 5 Apr. 2019 That would be Kevin Keiley, a 55-year-old driving instructor from Worthing. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Instagram Account Originally Belonged to Someone Else Until They Took Over," 4 Apr. 2019 The instructor takes care to speak to the camera more than to the IRL class. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Peloton’s $2,000 stationary bike has totally disrupted working out at home," 14 Nov. 2018 The university promptly reviewed these complaints, concluding that the instructor had handled the lab incident in a wholly appropriate manner, and that her personal social media post of an old photo was not harassment under Purdue policy. Montana Couser, The Root, "Purdue Professor Proudly Posts Photo in Blackface But Faces No Consequences Because of Free ‘Speech’," 30 June 2018 At the end of the semester, the instructors hope to have their students teach guest lessons on personal finance to high-schoolers in adjacent West Philadelphia public schools. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "The NFL Player Moonlighting as an Ivy League Professor," 22 Feb. 2019 To the instructors here in Texas, the human body is a machine to be quantified and calibrated to an optimal state. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Trained With Air Force Human Performance Specialists," 12 Feb. 2019 But the instructors at Street Survival are definitely into driving. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Forget lap times; this car control class makes teen drivers safer," 6 Nov. 2018 The instructor will personally design the day according to everyone’s need and skill level, exploring with you the best beginner areas or the most advanced terrain. Discover Magazine, "The Great Snow of Beaver Creek," 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of instructor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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instructor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of instructor

: a person who teaches a subject or skill : someone who instructs people
US : a teacher in a college or university who is not a professor

instructor

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

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