pro·​duc·​er | \ prə-ˈdü-sər How to pronounce producer (audio) , prō-, -ˈdyü- \

Definition of producer

1 : one that produces especially : one that grows agricultural products or manufactures crude materials into articles of use
2 : a person who supervises or finances a work (such as a staged or recorded performance) for exhibition or dissemination to the public
3 : an autotrophic organism (such as a green plant) viewed as a source of biomass that can be consumed by other organisms — compare consumer

Examples of producer in a Sentence

the producer of the play He is the director and producer. The country is the world's leading oil producer.
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Recent Examples on the Web Tina Fey, the series' star and executive producer, explained the decision in a note to NBC's partners, shared with USA TODAY Monday. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "NBC pulls '30 Rock' blackface episodes; Tina Fey says 'intent' is not a free pass for white people'," 23 June 2020 Alcoa, the top U.S. aluminum producer, in April cut the remaining capacity at its smelter in Ferndale, Washington. Joe Deaux,, "U.S. Poised to Slap 10% Tariff Again on Aluminum From Canada," 23 June 2020 Back in the '60s, Hall's father - late great producer, songwriter and studio mastermind Rick Hall - had the foresight to book a photographer for major sessions. Matt Wake |, al, "How Muscle Shoals music Meccas are surviving and reopening," 23 June 2020 Nina Robinson, a veteran journalist and award-winning audio and video producer with the BBC World Service Network, spearheaded the project from her loft apartment in the city of Birmingham, in the center of England. Richard A. Green, The Courier-Journal, "How have newsrooms covered COVID-19? BBC examines Courier Journal reporting in documentary," 22 June 2020 Before returning to government in 2018, Strauss served as the chief legal officer for aluminum producer Alcoa Corp. Benjamin Weiser,, "Trump fired her boss. Now she is taking cases that incensed White House.," 21 June 2020 Follow IndyStar sports producer Akeem Glaspie on Twitter at @THEAkeemGlaspie. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Fever rookie Lauren Cox: Competitor, inspiration, ready to return basketball," 21 June 2020 One caught my eye: a campaign from Haus, the Sonoma County aperitif producer, called the Restaurant Project. Esther Mobley,, "Haus’ new aperitifs support shuttered San Francisco restaurants," 18 June 2020 Within 50 years Texas would rival top rice producer Louisiana, with the two states combining to produce 99 percent of the country’s rice crop. Paul Stephen,, "South Texas staples menudo, rice and barbecue all have African roots," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of producer

circa 1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of producer was circa 1513

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“Producer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of producer

: someone who is in charge of making and usually providing the money for a play, movie, record, etc.
: someone or something that grows or makes particular goods or products


pro·​duc·​er | \ prə-ˈdü-sər How to pronounce producer (audio) , -ˈdyü- \

Kids Definition of producer

1 : someone or something that grows or makes a product oil producers
2 : someone who prepares or finances a public presentation (as a movie)
3 : a living thing (as a green plant) that makes its own food

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