in·​ter·​pret·​er | \ in-ˈtər-prə-tər How to pronounce interpreter (audio) , -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.
Recent Examples on the Web But no interpreter was present as several councilmembers addressed them directly and at-length about how city government works. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Facebook feud: Smitherman calls out Seelbach for 'Can they even speak English?' text in 2018," 24 June 2020 Longfellow was also a great interpreter of Europe for his fellow Americans and known for his translations of Dante. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, "Longfellow fell out of fashion. A biographer aims to bring him back.," 18 June 2020 At the opening dinner of the same summit, Bolton says, the U.S. interpreter told him that Trump spoke approvingly of Xi’s decision to imprison more than a million Chinese Uighurs in modern-day concentration camps. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "John Bolton’s Epic Score-Settling," 18 June 2020 According to our interpreter, Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Trump signs Uighur human rights bill as Bolton book leak claims he encouraged China to build detainment camps," 17 June 2020 According to our interpreter, Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do. John Bolton, WSJ, "John Bolton: The Scandal of Trump’s China Policy," 17 June 2020 According to Bolton, the U.S. interpreter said Trump spoke approvingly of the camps. Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump asked China’s president for reelection help in 2020, Bolton writes in new book," 17 June 2020 When his girlfriend came to pick him up several hours later, he was being questioned by Russian authorities without a lawyer or an adequate interpreter. Eric Tucker, Houston Chronicle, "Texas parents of US man held in Moscow demand fair trial for son," 16 June 2020 In one immigration document, Haiddar is described as an interpreter for the U.S. military, though a family member said her English was only conversational. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "This immigrant woman was stripped of her U.S. citizenship, but will she be deported to Afghanistan?," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of interpreter

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Interpreter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce interpreter (audio)

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 How to pronounce interpreter (audio) \

Kids Definition of interpreter

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

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