plan·​ner ˈpla-nər How to pronounce planner (audio)
plural planners
: a person who plans something
a party planner
a careful planner
often : one whose job is to create a comprehensive or systematic plan or design within a particular field or for a particular project
… the thrust of the book is not location theory or regional economic development, but rather the nuts and bolts of concern to government planners and local chambers of commerce. Edward Malecki
While most planners agree that there is enough water in Arizona to support the people currently living there, the allocation and use of water in the Phoenix area is a vital issue for residents … Charles Sargent
We talked to our financial planner about how to save enough money for retirement.
: something (such as a device, program, or notebook) that provides a schedule and is used for planning activities, travels, etc.
an online trip planner
a monthly/daily planner

Examples of planner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brent Flickinger, a former city planner who retired in 2021, attended last month’s meeting and said many of La Cité's plans don’t make sense for Poppleton, which traditionally has been a neighborhood of rowhouses. Giacomo Bologna, Baltimore Sun, 20 Sep. 2023 Naval planners are contemplating the consequences of shrinking Arctic sea ice for warfighting in the far north. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 18 Sep. 2023 Advertisement These charges and high expenses in general make deferred annuities a poor fit for many investors, and many financial planners especially dislike seeing them in IRAs. Liz Weston, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2023 As many financial planners will tell you, the best method is the one that stick. Kevin J. Ryan,, 7 Sep. 2023 In the documents obtained by PEOPLE, the wedding planners alleged that Nicola and her mother, Claudia, didn't want Brooklyn's family — David Beckham and Victoria Beckham — to know how messy the planning process had gotten. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 6 Sep. 2023 Unlike Arlington — where until recently most of the county was zoned for single-family houses — just over a third of the land in Alexandria is set aside for such use, planners said. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 5 Sep. 2023 Nikki Caravelli, a climate resilience planner in Sacramento, California, who regularly attends the event, cowrote a memo with organizers in August 2021 highlighting how the event had to adapt to the climate crisis. Chris Stokel-Walker, WIRED, 4 Sep. 2023 The website noted that in regional plans drawn up decades ago, local and federal planners had identified eastern Solano County as a site for potential development. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of planner was in 1716

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“Planner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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