re·​cu·​per·​a·​tor | \ -ˌrātə(r)\
plural -ssee sense 2

Definition of recuperator

1 : one that recuperates
2 also plural recuperatores \ ⸗ˌ⸗pərəˈtōr(ˌ)ēz \ : a judge in ancient Rome originally appointed to hear cases involving foreigners
4 : a device for returning a gun into the firing position after recoil

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for recuperator

Latin, literally, recoverer, from recuperatus + -or

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about recuperator

Share recuperator

Statistics for recuperator

Look-up Popularity

Comments on recuperator

What made you want to look up recuperator? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


marked by shyness and lack of polish

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!