in·ter·pret·er | \ in-ˈtər-prə-tər , -pə- \

Definition of interpreter 

1 : one that interprets: such as

a : one who translates orally for parties conversing in different languages

b : one who explains or expounds

2a : a machine that prints on punch cards the symbols recorded in them by perforations

b : a computer program that executes each of a set of high-level instructions before going to the next instruction

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Examples of interpreter in a Sentence

He has now learned English well enough that he can conduct interviews without an interpreter. Monet is generally regarded as the foremost interpreter of pure impressionism.

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Lee's always wanted to use her voice, but not necessarily as an interpreter. Doug Criss, CNN, "The two really important people at the summit (beside Trump and Kim)," 12 June 2018 In their first encounter, Trump is expected to meet Kim with only interpreters in the room, according to a senior administration official., "Today: The Road to Singapore," 11 June 2018 Not for a professional diplomatic interpreter in the United States. David Scharfenberg,, "How do you translate Donald Trump into Kim Jong Un’s Korean?," 16 Mar. 2018 Early in the war, in 1941, Ms. Mayall’s father, an interpreter in the Royal Navy, died at sea, but her mother never spoke of his death to the children or otherwise acknowledged it until the war ended. Lisa Ward, WSJ, "Why You Should Write a Memoir—Even if Nobody Will Read It," 10 Nov. 2017 There was a humorous moment when former major league pitcher Orlando Hernandez voiced his opposition through an interpreter. Craig Davis,, "David Beckham, Jorge Mas encounter opposition in latest bid for Miami MLS stadium," 13 July 2018 HuffPost notes that during her visit, Melania Trump spoke in English and in her native tongue through an interpreter. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Melania Trump Not Only Wore a Dumb Jacket; She Had This Sage Advice for Separated Children: Good Luck," 22 June 2018 As for Noah — back in Texas with Diaz — separation from his mother has been traumatic, said Diaz in a conference call with The Star through an interpreter. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Pregnant and scared to return home, Honduran awaits deportation in Platte County jail," 13 June 2018 After an hour or two of private discussions with only by their interpreters, Trump and Kim will be joined by their top advisers for a more traditional bilateral meeting. Philip Rucker, ajc, "With smiles and a handshake, Trump and North Korea's Kim could mask gulf on nuclear arms," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of interpreter

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of interpreter

: a person who translates the words that someone is speaking into a different language


in·ter·pret·er | \ in-ˈtər-prə-tər \

Kids Definition of interpreter

: a person who turns spoken words of one language into a different language

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