pro·​gram·​mer ˈprō-ˌgra-mər How to pronounce programmer (audio)
variants or less commonly programer
: one that programs: such as
: a person who prepares and tests programs for devices (such as computers)
: one that programs a mechanism
: one that prepares an instructional program
: a person who plans or prepares entertainment programs
a television programmer

Examples of programmer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The era’s programmers were at the bleeding edge of niche consoles, taking it upon themselves to be designers, voice actors, and scriptwriters, inspiring those who’d learn from their mistakes in the years and decades that followed. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 The New Zealand International Film Festival has appointed veteran programmer Paolo Bertolin as its new artistic director. Patrick Frater, Variety, 14 Feb. 2024 More recent aerial surveillance programmers have run into legal trouble, with a court in 2021 rejecting a Baltimore police program that flew a surveillance airplane for 12 hours a day. Carey L. Biron, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Feb. 2024 There’s an optional motion base for an even more immersive experience, and Trak Racer’s programmers will optimize the hardware and software to fit your game preferences. Nicolas Stecher, Robb Report, 10 Feb. 2024 Some workers are already living in one potential version of the generative AI future, though: computer programmers. Will Knight, WIRED, 8 Feb. 2024 The open letter, posted Friday night, was signed by more than 200 film professionals, most of them from within the German film industry but also including programmers, producers, directors and below-the-line workers from the U.S., U.K. and elsewhere in Europe. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Feb. 2024 What is our intention as creators, programmers and entrepreneurs? Lyle Maxson, Rolling Stone, 16 Jan. 2024 Morgan played both a computer programmer named Lora and a digital counterpart named Yori. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of programmer was in 1875

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“Programmer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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variants also programer
ˈprō-ˌgram-ər How to pronounce programmer (audio)
: a person who writes computer programs

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