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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This amusing, if talky tale of the breakup between Nate (Sills-Evans), a club DJ and barber, and schoolteacher Melissa (Devin Nelson) is set largely in a brownstone apartment in the filmmaker’s hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y. Gary Goldstein,, "Review: Once it finds its groove, ‘One Bedroom’ shows off some fresh moves," 11 July 2019 Zobler, who is 56, was born in Far Rockaway, Queens, the eldest of three children of a tax attorney father and a schoolteacher mother. Rima Suqi, National Geographic, "Meet the man who creates today’s coolest hotels," 14 Mar. 2019 Arguably a slight flaw in the conclusion is the choice to spend time on a long speech by Thomas Curnow (Jacob Collins-Levy), the schoolteacher who foils Ned's plan at Glenrowan. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'True History of the Kelly Gang': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 6 Sep. 2019 Cohen grew up in Yorktown Heights in Westchester, New York, the child of schoolteachers. Cody Delistraty, The New Republic, "Why Is the One Percent So Obsessed With Magic?," 26 Aug. 2019 Since then, the hashtag has gone viral not just within the community of schoolteachers, but outside of it, as well. NBC News, "Teachers are finding new ways to raise money for school supplies. Here are 6 ways to help.," 21 Aug. 2019 Attorneys for Mayorga, a former model and schoolteacher, did not immediately respond to telephone, text and email messages. Washington Post, "Cristiano Ronaldo won’t face rape charge in Las Vegas," 22 July 2019 There were retirees, students, schoolteachers, a few young families on vacation. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "Elizabeth Warren Sells Populism to Professionals," 16 Aug. 2019 The answer may have something to do with the game’s history: It was invented by Eleanor Abbott, a schoolteacher, in a polio ward during the epidemic of the 1940s and 1950s. Alexander B. Joy, The Atlantic, "Candy Land Was Invented for Polio Wards," 28 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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