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 Hideki Matsuyama’s interpreter and manager is the only Utahn with any hope of visiting Butler Cabin for Sunday’s presentation of the green jacket to the Masters winner. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s Tony Finau stays in the top 10 in the Masters, despite an over-par round," 10 Apr. 2021 By the time Smith was done rounding the bases, Maddon had walked out to the mound with a trainer and Ohtani’s interpreter. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Shohei Ohtani’s spring training ends on tough note with blister injury, rough outing," 29 Mar. 2021 Aretha was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a no-brainer for a performer whose genius as a singer and an interpreter of songs also came with natural gifts as a songwriter and producer. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, "Did Genius: Aretha Really Need to Exist?," 25 Mar. 2021 The name Sharbat pays homage to a refreshing Azerbaijani drink made from fruit and flavorings of rose petals or saffron, says Shakrana, 19, who acts as interpreter for her mother and a helpmate in the bakery. Washington Post, "This new Azerbaijani bakery offers stories as good as its pastries," 26 Feb. 2021 This is Krista Tippett—supplier of solace, pillar of calm, re-interpreter of maladies. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "On Being Krista Tippett," 23 Dec. 2020 Cabrera will face Republican candidate and medical interpreter Veronica Diaz in November in the south side district. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "State Sen. LaTonya Johnson wards off primary challenge, as do area Republicans," 11 Aug. 2020 Also unthreatening is the work of Jared Diamond, who is with Harari our prime interpreter of the prehistoric. Daniel Immerwahr, The New Republic, "Paleo Con," 24 Mar. 2021 Trump reportedly confiscated his interpreter's notes after at least one closed-door discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "'I handed in all my notes': Biden dings Trump over foreign leader meetings," 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of interpreter

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Apr 2021

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“Interpreter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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