school·​teach·​er | \ ˈskül-ˌtē-chər How to pronounce schoolteacher (audio) \

Definition of schoolteacher

: one who teaches school

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Synonyms for schoolteacher


educationist [chiefly British], educator, instructor, pedagogue (also pedagog), preceptor, teacher

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Examples of schoolteacher in a Sentence

schoolteachers don't always get the summers off, for some teach during that period as well

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Meredith Mannon, a schoolteacher, brought her two daughters, a friend and a pet bulldog to the top of the mountain. Carl Nolte,, "Need an escape in San Francisco? A refuge beckons where you can get away from it all," 3 Aug. 2019 Attorneys for Ronaldo's accuser, former model and schoolteacher Kathryn Mayorga, did not immediately respond to telephone, text and email messages. CBS News, "Las Vegas DA declines to bring charges against Cristiano Ronaldo for alleged rape," 22 July 2019 Attorneys for Mayorga, a former model and schoolteacher, did not immediately respond to telephone, text and email messages. Ken Ritter,, "Las Vegas prosecutor says Cristiano Ronaldo won’t face charges after a woman accused the soccer star of rape in 2009," 21 July 2019 His mother was a schoolteacher, his father an accountant; both were committed Party members. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "What Led Peru’s Former President to Take His Own Life?," 1 July 2019 His father sold equipment used in dairy farming, and his mother was a schoolteacher. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Peter Meldrum Helped Found Myriad Genetics to Find Genes Linked to Inherited Cancers," 28 Dec. 2018 Meet Rooster, Jenny Wren, Jaybird and Mink, the canine counterparts of John Rucker, a retired schoolteacher from Montana. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Very Good Dogs Helped Track Threatened Turtles in Iowa," 7 June 2019 And virtually the only non-insufferable one, in this stage adaptation of the funny and fantastical Roald Dahl novel, is Miss Honey, the schoolteacher who recognizes Matilda’s extraordinary gifts and helps the girl stand up for herself. San Diego Union-Tribune, "As ‘Matilda’ lands at Moonlight, Del Mar’s Ashley Fox Linton gets a read on musical about book-loving youngster," 9 July 2019 Among them was Yianna Elafrou, 55, a schoolteacher and a onetime socialist supporter who switched to Mr. Tsipras during the crisis years after seeing her salary cut several times. New York Times, "Greek Elections: Prime Minister Loses Re-Election to Center Right," 7 July 2019

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First Known Use of schoolteacher

1751, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of schoolteacher

: someone who teaches in a school


school·​teach·​er | \ ˈskül-ˌtē-chər How to pronounce schoolteacher (audio) \

Kids Definition of schoolteacher

: a person who teaches in a school

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