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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Stephanie Hollingsworth is a certified yoga instructor, with a special interest in aerial yoga, her husband Scott Hollingsworth said. Lina Ruiz,, "Search for missing Belle Isle woman presses on 3 weeks after disappearance," 16 Oct. 2020 For the younger division, there's an instructor and a teaching assistant in the classroom. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's how the Milwaukee Ballet opened up its dance schools in Brookfield and Fox Point during the coronavirus pandemic," 2 Oct. 2020 Taix is an English instructor, and Woodward is the school's director of student activities. Staff Report,, "Teachers and alums are honored at Chapelle and Brother Martin, and other metro-area school news," 30 Sep. 2020 Sergeant Pals is also a national defense instructor at Tabasalu High School, outside Tallinn. Gordon F. Sander, The Christian Science Monitor, "For Estonian women, military service increasingly attracts as a career," 24 Sep. 2020 Alena is a fitness/yoga instructor, reiki master and homeschool mom. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "French-inspired chateau in Norton Commons is a master class in energy-efficiency design," 24 Sep. 2020 James Burpee, of Plymouth, is an artist and retired college art instructor. James Burpee, Star Tribune, "The 2020 election: Why Trump doesn't pass muster, by topic," 10 Sep. 2020 Margaret Correll is a retired drawing instructor from Northwest Arkansas Community College and a member of the Fenix Fayetteville art collective. Lara Jo Hightower, Arkansas Online, "Makers' Round-Up: Craig Colurusso and Margaret Correll," 3 Sep. 2020 Georgia Joice is an instructor and musician specializing in voice, piano, guitar and ukulele. Brandon Moeller, Houston Chronicle, "Sept. 2-14: ‘Boat-in movie night’ among upcoming northwest Houston area events," 1 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of instructor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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20 Oct 2020

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“Instructor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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