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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Meghan was raised as a California girl in Los Angeles by Thomas Markle, her father and a lighting director, and her mother, Doria, who worked as a mental health clinic worker and yoga instructor. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "10 Ways the Royal Family Has Majorly Broken Royal Protocol," 3 Aug. 2018 Vance appeared on the program alongside a panel of aviation experts, including the former Australian Transport Safety Bureau official in charge of the investigating the crash, a veteran Boeing 777 pilot and instructor, an oceanographer and others. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Australian investigators dismiss MH370 murder-suicide theory," 23 May 2018 The firm says its service is available to a total of more than 150,000 students and instructors. Joseph N. Distefano,, "Yellowdig college software raises $2.4M from Philly, NY investors," 19 May 2018 According to 2017 data from the Federal Aviation Administration, 6.5 percent of the nation's active pilots or flight instructors are women. Andrew Theen,, "Alaska Airlines flight to Portland makes company history with all African American women pilot crew," 18 May 2018 Registration in question The plane's registered owner prior to 2015 was Cecil Ice, a South Dakota pilot and flight instructor who trained World War II pilots before joining the Air Force, according to public records. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Deadly Scottsdale plane crash: Experts say weight might have been an issue," 13 Apr. 2018 Today, Vimeo is a creative hub that aims to provide content creators—from auteur filmmakers to yoga instructors and other small businesses—with the technology to produce and distribute videos from start to finish. Vanessa Fuhrmans, WSJ, "Meet the CEO Making Yoga Instructors Filmmakers," 13 Feb. 2019 Hilaria Baldwin The yoga instructor somehow got all of her little ones in front of this very appropriately abbreviated/New York–apartment-size tree. Vogue, "Which Celebrity Christmas Decorations Are Perfectly On-Brand? Let Us Show You," 14 Dec. 2018 Christina Curry, an American yoga instructor in Milan, has a studio but will also come to your hotel room. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "How 'W' Fashion Director Rickie De Sole Does Milan," 20 Sep. 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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