school·​teach·​er | \ ˈskül-ˌtē-chər \

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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Ince, a former schoolteacher, has worked assiduously to dispel this image and champion a more inclusive future. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The quest to defeat Erdogan," 19 June 2018 Earlier this year, voters rejected an initiative brought by a retired schoolteacher that would have upended the banking system by changing how money is created. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "Should Cows Have Horns? Switzerland Will Decide," 23 Nov. 2018 The son of a rural schoolteacher, Mr. Petro joined a guerrilla group at a young age, later putting down his arms after a deal with the government in the 1990s and entering left-wing politics. New York Times, "In Colombia, Far-Right and Hard-Left Candidates Will Vie for Presidency," 27 May 2018 One of seven children of a schoolteacher in central India, Vajpayee joined India's Hindu revivalist political movement in his late 20s. Ashok Sharma, Fox News, "Former Indian PM Vajpayee dies after illness at age 93," 16 Aug. 2018 François, a schoolteacher in the Jewish section of Sarcelles, remembers a time in his youth when Jews and Arabs in France were united. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "Review: ‘Spiral’ Chronicles the Impact of Prejudice on Everyday Lives," 21 June 2018 The bill did not include any formal proposal to prohibit the arming of schoolteachers, despite threats by Democrats to draft an amendment barring the Department of Education from using funds allocated by Congress for the purpose. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Senate approves spending bill without provision to ban arming teachers," 24 Aug. 2018 His first novel, The Mystic Masseur, was published in 1957, and explored the comedic story of an Indian schoolteacher in Port of Spain, Trinidad, who takes up his father’s trade as a masseur and becomes a local legend. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Novelist V.S. Naipaul Passes Away at 85," 12 Aug. 2018 Philip Mullaly, a schoolteacher from Victoria, was walking along a beach in Melbourne on the hunt for fossils. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Rare Set of Ancient Giant Shark Teeth Found in Australia," 9 Aug. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of schoolteacher

: a person who teaches in a school

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