in·​struc·​tor | \ in-ˈstrək-tər \

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 \ 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 three-year-old Greenville Center for Creative Arts, housed in an old textile mill, has raised almost $2 million and has more than 45 instructors now. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "The Artsy Southern Town That Wants to Be the Next Portland," 13 Dec. 2018 There is great emphasis on group bonding and teamwork, and the workshop is led by world-class female instructors. Discover Magazine, "The Great Snow of Beaver Creek," 3 Oct. 2018 Go to locals' favorite shop Surf-N-Wear's Beach House to rent gear and find talented instructors. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Towns in America," 21 Sep. 2018 The footage was filmed by driving instructor Ian Stinchcombe, whose student was on her test at the time. Fox News, "Video: Out of control van grinds bridge barrier like skateboarder," 16 July 2018 What to expect with surf: Former fashion powerhouse turned owner of Nosara Family Surf and resident of Nosara, Natalie Sageloly spearheads the surf segment of this retreat alongside three other instructors. Kara Ladd, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From...Nosara, Costa Rica," 10 July 2018 Oliveros, who lives in Crestwood, recently helped District 218 instructors lead Shepard students through their Professional Association of Diving Instructors certification dive at Haigh Quarry in Kankakee. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "SCUBA helps Shepard grad find passion and lose body image issues," 29 June 2018 Julie Reiley, 54, a lawyer and former law school instructor from Bethesda, is making a first bid for elected office after years of advocacy on special-education issues. Donna St. George, Washington Post, "Two school board races in Montgomery County contested on primary ballot," 19 June 2018 For her part opposite Hallmark star Niall Matter, Becca plays a dance instructor who offers to help a clumsy groom prepare for his first dance at his upcoming nuptials. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Everything You Should Know About Becca Tobin, Star of Hallmark Movie 'Love at First Dance'," 15 June 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

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


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