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.

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The other man detained was Samer Hassan Seifan, identified by a colleague as an Arabic speaker who was acting as their interpreter. Samer Khalil Al-atrush, Time, "Libyan Security Forces Arrest Two Russians Allegedly Attempting to Interfere in Elections," 5 July 2019 The two men also spent more than two hours in a private meeting in Helsinki with only their interpreters present; some U.S. intelligence officials were never briefed on the discussions. Washington Post, "In Japan, Trump pushes allies on trade before meeting Putin," 28 June 2019 The French in which his interpreter greeted some of the faithful is yet another variety. The Economist, "Latin is dead—yet it also lives on," 8 June 2019 Urgent calls went out for interpreters who could speak French, Portuguese and Lingala, a language spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo. New York Times, "Maine Needed New, Young Residents. African Migrants Began Arriving by the Dozens.," 23 June 2019 Rockwell was an unusually effective interpreter of hands. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "A Closer Look at Rockwell’s Four Freedoms," 22 June 2019 The teams are one to two attorneys, or an attorney and an interpreter. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children," 22 June 2019 The settlement awards Rodriguez $150,000 and requires that SAISD provide in-person interpreters to deaf parents with at least 72 hours advance notice. Alia Malik,, "SAISD settles with parent for $150,000 over sign language services," 19 June 2019 Aguilar sat through the hearing in an orange jail jumpsuit, near an interpreter who translated the testimony into her headphones. Times Staff And Wires Reports,, "Echo Park mother hid and starved boy in closet for years before his death, stepfather testifies," 19 June 2019

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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 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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