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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Stockhausen’s childhood was nightmarish: his father, a schoolteacher who embraced Nazi ideology, was killed on the Eastern Front, and his mother, who suffered from depression, was murdered in the Nazi euthanasia program. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Karlheinz Stockhausen Composes the Cosmos," 17 June 2019 He was headed to a career as a baker as well, worked as an elementary schoolteacher, and there was even a brief, successful stint selling insurance. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Pavarotti': 5 life lessons the passionate tenor taught us in the new Ron Howard documentary," 6 June 2019 Anderson, a schoolteacher, frequently carried a balance, sometimes a very large one after consolidating debt from other plastic. David Lazarus,, "Citi insists cardholder agreed to pay needless fees but can’t prove it," 4 June 2019 Zelenskiy, 41, is famous for his TV portrayal of a schoolteacher who becomes president after a video of him denouncing corruption goes viral. Yuras Karmanau, The Seattle Times, "Comedian leads presidential polling in Ukraine," 30 Mar. 2019 His mother was a schoolteacher and his father a salesman. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "‘Soot King’ Samuel Bodman Rejuvenated Chemical Firm and Served in Bush Cabinet," 28 Sep. 2018 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

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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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