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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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 Tracy Jan, Washington Post, "After prison, more punishment," 3 Sep. 2019 Students are required to post historical content on social media sites that instructors created for the class. al, "1st high school black history class of its kind taught at Tuscaloosa," 29 Aug. 2019 Commissioners said instructors did not have proper certification, the firm did not keep accurate records and candidates who did not meet psychological and firearms qualifications were being passed. Lois K. Solomon,, "Schools to sue charter security training firm after blistering report," 28 Aug. 2019 Dean Lushman, a former Canadian infantryman who had become an instructor with the ranger program, hauled out a sheaf of brownish paper targets, stapled them to sticks, and planted half a dozen in the snow outside our camp. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "A thawing Arctic is heating up a new Cold War," 21 Aug. 2019 The Los Gatos program has two new fitness classes, hosted by West Valley College kinesiology instructor Mary Ann Smith. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Saratoga community briefs for the week of Aug. 30," 25 Aug. 2019 That includes last week attending the Offensive Line Masterminds Conference, put on for a second year in Frisco, Texas, a Dallas suburb, by notable offensive line instructor Duke Manyweather. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings’ Jeff Badet hasn’t been paid for 40 Yards of Gold, calls it ‘one big scam’," 23 July 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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