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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Additionally, he is involved in about 100 charities and organizations, and is a qualified Russian interpreter. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Is the Queen's Cousin, Prince Michael of Kent?," 18 July 2018 When Borroto and other lawyers met with Gricelda, the 3-year-old had to stick her ear to a phone to have their questions translated from a remote interpreter. Teo Armus, Washington Post, "‘Daddy, when are you coming to get me?’," 12 July 2018 True spring weather might have provided better context, but the music itself could not have asked for a finer interpreter. Zachary Lewis,, "Cleveland Orchestra revels in Brahms, sheds welcome light on rarely-heard symphony (review)," 6 Apr. 2018 Court officers at one point had to steady him while a Spanish interpreter translated the proceedings. Travis Andersen,, "‘Go ahead. Take me, I killed my wife,’ Lynn man tells police," 26 Mar. 2018 Read more: The Maple Syrup Days tour started with a classroom lecture by Klein and Matthew Hackett, a historic interpreter for the Troy Historic Village. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Photos: Maple Syrup Days--get your sticky sap before it's sour," 17 Mar. 2018 Oliver's wife also testified, saying in Spanish through an interpreter that she was concerned about their 3-year-old son, who is autistic. Ryan Tarinelli, Fox News, "Victim's family calls ex-cop's 15-year sentence too short," 30 Aug. 2018 The simple technique of filming the families from these very early conversations, with the help of an interpreter and subtitles, allows an exceptional intimacy to develop between the audience and the subjects. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "In This Is Home, a Glimpse at the Reality of Life as a Resettled Refugee in the U.S.," 22 June 2018 Broderick found an interpreter, and through him, the boys explained their plight. Daniel De Vise, Chicago Reader, "How two Belgian boys became the youngest kids to bike across the U.S.—in 1935," 21 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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