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 instructor (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 Buller said the program will begin in mid-October, with an LCCC instructor teaching a course at Avon High School. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 18 Oct. 2021 Her company could face a maximum weekly fine of $65,000, assuming full occupancy of classes that contain up to 12 members and an instructor. David Fleshler,, 16 Oct. 2021 Her company could face a maximum weekly fine of $65,000, assuming full occupancy of classes that contain up to 12 members and an instructor. Steven Lemongello,, 16 Oct. 2021 Martocci says Kenny was by far the most highly requested instructor from the Splice community for the new program. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 13 Oct. 2021 But before that, BCSO said on Facebook, Rodrigue was a training instructor in the Air Force. Megan Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Oct. 2021 Karen Garman, 65, is a drumming and musical theater instructor for children. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 For example, learning martial arts from an instructor with an understanding of the practice from a cultural context or eating Indian food at an authentic Indian restaurant. Maia Niguel Hoskin, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 According to the latest complaint, the abuse began in 2007, when Mitchell Taylor Button was a private dance instructor in Florida, and spanned multiple states. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021

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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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21 Oct 2021

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“Instructor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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


in·​struc·​tor | \ in-ˈstrək-tər How to pronounce instructor (audio) \

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