in·​struc·​tor in-ˈstrək-tər How to pronounce instructor (audio)
: one that instructs : teacher
especially : a college teacher below professorial rank
instructorship noun

Example Sentences

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 Jin entered the Yeoncheon training center on December 13, 2022, and has since been selected to serve as an assistant instructor at the Yeoncheon army base in northern Gyeonggi province, according to the South Korean military. Gawon Bae, CNN, 19 Jan. 2023 Gisele has been seeing Valente as an instructor for a while now. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 18 Jan. 2023 There were no reports made about Pezzini during his time working as an instructor, Parker said, and the organization had completed a background check on him before he was hired. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Jan. 2023 For Buswell, who started teaching as an online instructor six or seven years ago, the hunt for answers stopped with his bishop. Tamarra Kemsley, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Nov. 2022 After retiring as a player, Quatraro began working as an instructor in the Rays' minor league system. Dave Skretta, ajc, 31 Oct. 2022 Mellema also works as an instructor in UWUA’s renewable energy apprenticeship program, teaching people—including workers transitioning from traditional energy sectors—how to maintain commercial-scale solar and wind facilities. Jeremy Gantz, Fortune, 26 Dec. 2022 Wise joined the army in 1951 as an instructor and spent two years in military service. Dallas News, 14 Dec. 2022 There was another flashpoint in October 2021, when a woman pursued Sinema at Arizona State University, where the senator has long doubled as an adjunct instructor. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, 9 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Instructor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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in·​struc·​tor in-ˈstrək-tər How to pronounce instructor (audio)
: one that instructs : teacher
instructorship noun

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