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 Gurley, the lead instructor in Hopkins’ online contract tracing course, said there can be big gaps in coverage given that the ENX system is based on opting-in and self-reporting. Hallie Miller,, "Maryland will allow Big Tech to track if someone with the coronavirus comes near you. Should you let them?," 4 Sep. 2020 Actor and dance instructor Paul Renolis, whose drag name is Juhnay Arabesque, met Drollinger shortly after the Oasis opened and has performed drag there ever since. Washington Post, "Drag queens deliver home-cooked dinners as part of San Francisco club’s ‘Meals on Heels’ service," 31 Aug. 2020 Beginning in 1951, Dr. Rose became a medical researcher and instructor at what was then the University of Buffalo, working in a laboratory led by immunologist Ernest Witebsky, who had fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Matt Schudel,, "Noel R. Rose, scientist who advanced study of autoimmune diseases, dies at 92," 10 Aug. 2020 In the chemical engineering lab, instructors and school officials did a walk through with the Environmental Health and Safety department prior to the start of the semester and adjusted to feedback, according to another instructor in the course. Grace Oldham, The Arizona Republic, "'We have to create a very safe environment': Summer classes at ASU give idea of what's to come in fall," 7 Aug. 2020 The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources named an Owatonna man its firearms safety instructor of the year. News Services Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Minnesota briefs: Ceremony marks about 100 National Guard members being deployed to the Middle East," 1 Aug. 2020 In the first six months after the shooting in El Paso, Rafael Cedillo, the owner and instructor of a firearm safety business in the city, said more than 400 people signed up for his courses. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Tired of living in fear, some Latinos are buying guns to feel more safe," 1 Aug. 2020 Unsurprisingly, she wasn't impressed by her former instructor's comment. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Abby Lee Miller Just Shaded Kenzie Ziegler and Made Fun Of Her Singing Career," 23 July 2020 The Air Education and Training Command oversees 30,000 people in various training pipelines, including for undergraduate and instructor pilots. Sig Christenson,, "At Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, pilot training is still essential, but different in COVID era," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of instructor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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14 Sep 2020

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“Instructor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 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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