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 Turner has been a social studies teacher at Sycamore High School for the past 16 years. Linda Girardi, chicagotribune.com, 9 June 2021 Chang, who retired at the same time as Kreuper, was an eighth-grade teacher for about 20 years and had served as vice principal for the past several years. Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2021 In addition to being a wonderful teacher, what is truly amazing is the professional way Cathy carries herself. cleveland, 6 June 2021 Her father, Harvey, was a bacteriologist who later owned a toy store; her mother, Anne (Tucker) Cole, was a teacher. New York Times, 4 June 2021 Mike's son Pat Hayhurst is a football coach and science teacher in Lancaster, California. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 2 June 2021 Then two years ago, a friend (who is also a gardening teacher) brought over a plant clipping to my apartment. Leah Koenig, Forbes, 2 June 2021 It’s also been rumored to be an inspiration for Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who was an English teacher in Porto in the early 1990s. Time, 1 June 2021 Todd Gragg is a teacher for Seminole Public Schools, a small district about an hour from Oklahoma City. Tawnell D. Hobbs, WSJ, 29 May 2021

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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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11 Jun 2021

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“Teacher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teacher. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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