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 instructorship (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for instructor


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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The workshop will be led by instructors who have experience in the themes of our program: Engineering the Future, Technology for Remote Exploration, and Innovations in Robotics. National Geographic, "Engineering and Robotics on the MIT Campus," 10 Sep. 2019 Various aspects of the cannabis business are taught by instructors with expertise in their fields. Robert Mccoppin,, "Aspiring budtenders learning the ins and outs of cannabis dispensary work at first community college course of its kind in Illinois," 10 Sep. 2019 Age limits for the classes are set by instructors based on the format and subject matter presented. S. Wayne Carter Jr.,, "Harford County offering free mental health, safety classes this fall," 10 Sep. 2019 The creative producer and yoga instructor’s dream workout buddy is Michael B. Jordan, which...same. Ryan Walker-hartshorn, Bon Appétit, "Sinikiwe Dhliwayo Wants Everyone to Chill Out in Triangle Pose," 27 Aug. 2019 JCP Construction will coordinate renovations done by MATC students, supervised by college instructors and the Social Development Commission, which operates programs to fight poverty. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "City-owned house could be brought back to life through new partnership with MATC, private construction firm," 17 June 2019 With respect to undergrads, however, instructors have very little reason to discriminate in grading — and plenty of incentives not to. Musa Al-gharbi, National Review, "Ideological Discrimination in Academia Is More Complicated than You Think," 9 Sep. 2019 The effect is a mix of a studio spinning class and a YouTube live stream, as perky instructors give shout-outs to individual users who are puffing away in their living rooms hundreds of miles away. The Economist, "Peloton covets recurring revenue," 5 Sep. 2019 In May, as instructors passed out certificates during a ceremony on the last day of his recovery coaching class, Lincoln tried to focus on all that he’s accomplished in the six months since his release from prison. Tracy Jan, Washington Post, "After prison, more punishment," 3 Sep. 2019

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


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suitable to be imparted to the public

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