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 Family members crowded the standing-room-only gallery, including Li’s mother, who followed the proceedings with the help of a Mandarin interpreter. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "Key witness in Tiffany Li murder case arrested, trial delayed again," 12 Sep. 2019 An interpreter made available via video link translated the summary of the decision into Burmese, the language of the defendants. Washington Post, "Thai Court upholds death for 2 Burmese in British murders," 29 Aug. 2019 For the hearing impaired, sign-language interpreters will be on the stages, Pryseski said. Robin Goist,, "What to know for Akron Pride Festival 2019," 22 Aug. 2019 The proposal also demands CBP ensure an interpreter is available during screenings if needed. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Democrats unveil bill to bolster care of migrants in Border Patrol custody," 12 June 2019 Avail yourself of some marvelous music from expert interpreters of classical fare this fall. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Fall Arts Guide: Classical music lineup has intimate and expansive, retro and fresh offerings," 8 Sep. 2019 Then, she was told there would be an interpreter if the provider didn’t speak English. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, "‘No one just goes hiking in Afghanistan’: American woman gave birth as a Taliban hostage. Now she seeks to end her mystery.," 23 Aug. 2019 Galloway Gallego has been an interpreter for more than 14 years, according to her website. Char Adams,, "Dancing Sign Language Interpreter Keep Ups with Twista, the World's 'Fastest Rapper,' in Video," 20 Aug. 2019 So Bran gets to be the gatekeeper of power and the sole interpreter of knowledge for his culture, without having his authority over that story questioned. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why the ending of Game of Thrones elevated the worst of fan culture," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of interpreter

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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