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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Synonyms for teacher


educationist [chiefly British], educator, instructor, pedagogue (also pedagog), preceptor, schoolteacher

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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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In 1988, a teacher most commonly had 15 years of experience. Kristina Rizga, The Atlantic, "What If Teachers Didn’t Focus So Much on Individual Achievement?," 27 June 2019 Unlike the Measure LCF, whose funds can only be spent on capital building projects, parcel tax funds can be applied to teacher salaries, class-size reductions and instructional needs. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "La Cañada Unified to study feasibility of extending parcel tax beyond 2021 sunset," 26 June 2019 District officials said the money could come from the general fund, which pays classroom costs and teacher salaries, as well as the facilities budget or bond money, depending on the type of spending. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "Long, expensive road ahead as school district moves to paint over historic mural," 26 June 2019 The second place winner of the competition was Fiveable, a startup streaming company connecting students to lessons outside of the classroom while bringing additional income to teachers. Alexa Buechler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "CNBC star Marcus Lemonis judged a startup pitch event at Summerfest -- and gave $10K to second-place winner," 26 June 2019 Other unions, like the teachers, have a stake, too. Sarah Jaffe, The New Republic, "The Road Not Taken," 24 June 2019 His father tells him he’s wasting time by going to work, since unemployment payments are bigger than a teacher’s salary. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, "Ukraine’s New Leading Man," 17 June 2019 From stories of people being buried alive to teachers supposedly imbued with the devil, these historical legends will haunt you just as much as true crime. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "These Podcasts Will Satisfy Your Craving For Making A Murderer," 15 June 2019 Sierra Vista can't use the money for teacher salaries or lowering class sizes. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Squeezed by declining enrollment, Arizona's rural schools are suffering," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of teacher

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


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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