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

Definition of schoolteacher

: one who teaches school

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schoolteachers don't always get the summers off, for some teach during that period as well
Recent Examples on the Web Living on a schoolteacher’s salary, the Ballards raised four children of their own, plus 75 others — many of whom were students of Monroe’s — over four decades. Washington Post, "‘I am a mother to 79 kids’: Foster family brought unconditional love to youth facing hardships," 5 Sep. 2020 The series about a high school chemistry teacher who turns into a meth-making crime lord was famously described by creator Vince Gilligan as the story of how mild schoolteacher Mr. Chips becomes Scarface, the gangster. oregonlive, "TV’s new Golden Age: 8 modern classics that helped make TV the center of the culture," 26 Aug. 2020 Erkan’s mentor in his poetic work was Shahip Abdusalam Nurbeg, the prominent poet then still working as a schoolteacher in Xinjiang. Joshua L. Freeman, The New York Review of Books, "Uighur Poets on Repression and Exile," 13 Aug. 2020 In her dissertation, Zuegner analyzed how Scientific American covered the 1925 trial of a Tennessee schoolteacher, John T. Scopes, whose crime was teaching evolution. Jen Schwartz, Scientific American, "Reckoning with Our Mistakes," 18 Aug. 2020 The Art of Suicide; Idris Nurillah, a poet and translator who also ran a wine shop; and Shahip Abdusalam Nurbeg, a schoolteacher well known for his endlessly experimental poetry. Joshua L. Freeman, The New York Review of Books, "Uighur Poets on Repression and Exile," 13 Aug. 2020 Nyati is a former schoolteacher who can tell you the name of any tree in the Zambesi Valley in Shona, English, and Latin. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "Ghosts of Africa," 27 Dec. 2017 In Southington, Dorie Conlon Perugini, 36, a schoolteacher and mother of two young children, lost power on Tuesday afternoon and was still powerless late Friday morning. Michael Hamad,, "Powerless and alone: How the coronavirus trumps togetherness in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias," 7 Aug. 2020 Her mother, Laura (McCrary) Blood, worked as a schoolteacher. Alex Traub,, "Katherine Hoffman, ‘eternal’ Florida State figure, dies at 105," 6 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of schoolteacher

1751, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of schoolteacher was in 1751

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19 Sep 2020

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“Schoolteacher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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