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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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 Former schoolteacher Sharon Hirsch, who is running again next year, came within 400 votes of beating Shaheen, who had easily won election in 2016. Dallas News, "With Trump at the top of the ticket, Republicans, Democrats prepare for epic 2020 Texas fight," 5 July 2019 Bonnie, the daughter of schoolteachers, flatly refused. Tribune News Service,, "The Man in the Window: Is this the childhood of a serial killer? (Part One)," 22 June 2019 His two sons became lawyers; his daughter a schoolteacher. Lizzie Johnson,, "‘He tried to make Paradise all its name implied’: Long after the Camp Fire, resident’s death opens wounds," 21 June 2019 So, who might fill his shoes and sweep the schoolteacher off her feet? Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'When Calls the Heart' Hints Elizabeth Thatcher Is Ready to Move on After Jack's Death," 12 May 2019 Then early in February, a schoolteacher spotted the tiger crossing a road, snapped a photo with his mobile phone, and shared the image. National Geographic, "How a tiger's record-breaking journey ended in tragedy," 8 Apr. 2019 In Royal Oak, schoolteacher Beth Mayne said the magic of the nightly ritual at Beaumont helped her family and her daughter last year. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Flash Mob With Flashlights Shines Holiday Cheer to Sick Children," 24 Dec. 2018

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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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