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 Like the case of Steven Jean Hoover, a 50-year-old computer programmer who starved himself to death in his Clairemont condominium in 1995. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Apr. 2021 The goal of the overall IBM AI software project is to make acceleration easy to use and transparent to the programmer. Kevin Krewell, Forbes, 19 May 2021 The 27-year-old Russian-Canadian programmer transferred more than 50 trillion shiba inu coins on Wednesday to the India Covid-Crypto Relief Fund, according to his public wallet. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, 13 May 2021 The veteran programmer will continue to oversee original scripted programs for the Telemundo TV network and international co-productions but the company is expected to bring in additional staff to handle the streaming productions. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2021 The programmer who got his first job in America at Microsoft in Seattle wants newer businesses to build their entire workflows on top of UiPath’s software, skipping manual data entry altogether. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2021 The Redbanc programmer was directed to a private e-mail address for Stuart-Young. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most common union between two professionals here is between a computer programmer and ... Susie Neilson, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 May 2021 In the church of computer programmer turned nerd-thriller novelist Andy Weir, the sacred text is a science textbook., 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of programmer

1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Programmer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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- \

Kids Definition of programmer

: a person who creates and tests programs for computers

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