teacher

noun
teach·​er | \ ˈtē-chər How to pronounce teacher (audio) \

Definition of teacher

1 : one that teaches especially : one whose occupation is to instruct
2 : a Mormon ranking above a deacon in the Aaronic priesthood

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Examples of teacher in a Sentence

Experience is a good teacher. She is a first-grade teacher. a teacher of driver's education
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Recent Examples on the Web Leake, a former high school English teacher from Stockton, California, had welcomed his first child 14 days prior to shooting the tryout. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Sofia Vergara Recalls Brother’s Death During Powerful AGT Audition: ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’," 1 July 2020 Those conversations, one by one, reignited Ward's desire to get back into the classroom himself and finally take the steps to work towards his dream of becoming a high school history teacher. Alicia Lee, CNN, "Inspired by the kids he drove every day, a school bus driver got his college degree to become a teacher," 1 July 2020 In Oldham County, Republican House Speaker David Osborne had no trouble defeating primary challenger Tiffany Dunn, a Jefferson County Public Schools teacher, winning 78% of the vote. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "Democrats pick up state Senate seat in special election," 30 June 2020 Her parents, a law professor at Willamette University and a private school teacher, had heard about demonstrations across the country culminating in tense standoffs between protesters and police. oregonlive, "South Salem High’s Eddy Binford-Ross covers protests like a pro: 2020 senior portraits," 30 June 2020 A few years later, an elementary school teacher learned of the abuse at home and promised to help. Author: Adriana Gallardo, Anchorage Daily News, "For decades, she blamed herself for the abuse. Writing her story was an act of survival. Publishing it was an act of rebellion.," 27 June 2020 After 15-year-old honor roll student Maurice Scott was fatally shot outside a convenience store, JAH ONE helped a friend, a teacher of the teenager, paint a mural of him. Washington Post, "A powerful mural was created as part of D.C.’s push for statehood. It also shows the diversity of the Black Lives Matter movement.," 27 June 2020 Serrano, a former teacher’s aide in Edgewood, has described herself as a community activist. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "Father’s Day post from Edgewood ISD trustee shows husband in noose with children," 24 June 2020 One of the other two victims was identified as British school teacher James Furlong, 36. Tucker Reals, CBS News, "Philadelphia native among 3 killed in suspected U.K. terror attack," 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of teacher

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of teacher was in the 14th century

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4 Jul 2020

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“Teacher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teacher. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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teacher

noun
How to pronounce teacher (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of teacher

: a person or thing that teaches something especially : a person whose job is to teach students about certain subjects

teacher

noun
teach·​er | \ ˈtē-chər How to pronounce teacher (audio) \

Kids Definition of teacher

: a person who passes on information or skill

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