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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Of the many instructors encouraging safe swimming at Blizzard Beach was former Olympian and Central Florida resident Rowdy Gaines, who won three gold medals for swimming in the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Disney’s Blizzard Beach, SeaWorld’s Aquatica, others host ‘World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’," 19 June 2019 Cruise will reprise his role, this time as a flight instructor. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Topgun at 50: Navy flight program that spawned popular movie wrestles with its legacy," 16 June 2019 McCormack received his commercial pilot's license in 2004, according to Federal Aviation Administration records, and he was certified as a flight instructor for a rotorcraft-helicopter last year. Greg Wallace And Brynn Gingras, CNN, "Pilot of helicopter that crashed on New York high-rise didn't have proper certificate, FAA says," 12 June 2019 And instructors are available in the middle of the night or early in the morning. Tj Gibson, azcentral, "Phoenix college proves education is more than just hitting the books," 4 June 2019 Many Bates students have experienced more failures than successes at school, instructors say, and some have undiagnosed learning disabilities. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Students who beat steep odds credit Washington educators who wouldn’t give up on them," 4 Feb. 2019 The instructors are, according to the library: Daniel Shu, who earned a perfect score on the ACT and is Walton’s Math Team captain; Russell Emerine, a USA Junior Math Olympiad qualifier; and Sharon Shu, a senior at Columbia. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Get free SAT prep in Cobb from someone who got a perfect ACT score," 31 May 2018 When the market was slow, students stuck around, and instructors were cheap and abundant. Andrew Van Dam,, "Pilot-hungry airlines are raiding flight schools, creating a shortage of instructors to train the next generation," 21 May 2018 The investigation was launched after the state received a complaint that instructors and teaching assistants were leading classes. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "State takeover of JCPS: What the audit says and the district has done," 7 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
US : a teacher in a college or university who is not a professor


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to take the place or position of

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