pro·​gram·​mer | \ ˈprō-ˌgra-mər How to pronounce programmer (audio) , -grə- \
variants: or less commonly programer

Definition of programmer

: one that programs: such as
a : a person who prepares and tests programs for devices (such as computers)
b : one that programs a mechanism
c : one that prepares an instructional program
d : a person who plans or prepares entertainment programs a television programmer

Examples of programmer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Charles Tabesh, the programmer for Turner Classic Movies, agrees with the decision to add context. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Gone With the Wind's Removal From HBO Max Isn't Censorship," 11 June 2020 Larkin retired from nearby Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center as a computer programmer. Dawn Mitchell, The Indianapolis Star, "The birdhouse man of Loogootee," 16 June 2020 Joshua Schulte, a former CIA programmer, faces espionage charges for the leak, which has been described as the biggest theft of classified documents in the agency’s history. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "Fixation on cyber weapons left CIA hackers vulnerable to leaks: Report," 16 June 2020 The programmer who became a flagrant drug lord and weapons trafficker was sentenced in New York City to 25 years in prison. Evan Ratliff, Wired, "Coder-Turned-Kingpin Paul Le Roux Gets His Comeuppance," 12 June 2020 In each case, a third-party programmer can do anything from redesigning a particular art asset—say, changing a game’s car from a Ford to a Tesla—to more extreme measures, such as giving the car the ability to fly. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Xbox app for Windows finally supports easy-to-find mods for PC gaming," 11 June 2020 On another night, Jason Rosenberg, a programmer for the 92Y, emerged from jail covered in blood, with a broken arm and a head wound that required six staples to close. Molly Crabapple, The New York Review of Books, "In New York, Protesters’ Pride Beats Police Brutality," 9 June 2020 Asylum chairman Bob Krasnow, MTV programmer and former Atlantic executive Les Garland, CBS Records executive Bob Altshuler, record producer John Hammond, and me. cleveland, "’The House That Rock Built:’ Book tells inside story of how Cleveland landed Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (excerpt)," 7 June 2020 Friends told Religion News Service that Gugino is a devout Catholic and retired computer programmer who has long worked to advocate for the poor, disenfranchised and on behalf of Black Lives Matter. NBC News, "The 75-year-old man shoved to ground by Buffalo police suffered brain injury, lawyer says," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of programmer

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of programmer was in 1875

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8 Jul 2020

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“Programmer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of programmer

: a person who creates computer programs


pro·​gram·​mer | \ ˈprō-ˌgra-mər How to pronounce programmer (audio) , -grə- \

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: a person who creates and tests programs for computers

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