teach·​er | \ˈtē-chər \

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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These schools have been found overall to receive less-qualified teachers, lower funding, and fewer resources. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Sylvia Mendez Helped Integrate California Schools for Latinx Students in the 1940s, But She Says the U.S. Is More Segregated Now," 3 Dec. 2018 In a letter announcing the group’s mission last month, organizers promised that hundreds of concerned citizens—scientists and academics, students, parents, artists, teachers, lawyers—had pledged to risk arrest in nonviolent direct action. Matt Stuart, Vogue, "“Sorry, We Won’t Be Long”: Extinction Rebellion Shuts Down London to Demand Climate Action," 22 Nov. 2018 Jacqui SpiceTouch of SpiceHer portfolio includes sprawling countryside retreats, private islands, and other escapes, plus all sorts of staff—private drivers, yoga teachers, chefs—to help round out your trip. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 Kearney’s wife Mary Jane, a longtime teacher at National-Louis University, died in 1997. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Edmund Kearney, started history department at Chicago State University and wrote book about the school's first 100 years, dies," 13 July 2018 Armed separatists have vowed to destabilize the regions and hundreds of civilians have been killed and dozens of schools have been burned and teachers threatened. Edwin Kindzeka Moki, The Seattle Times, "Cameroon military frees 9 abducted children, teacher," 21 Nov. 2018 And what was so great was that these women came from a variety of backgrounds, from military veterans to teachers to bartenders to small business owners. Glamour, "Hillary Clinton's Speech at Glamour's Women of the Year Awards Will Convince You to Run for Office," 12 Nov. 2018 More than 30 years after the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster rocked America, the tragic story of teacher astronaut Christa McAuliffe is being made into a film. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Michelle Williams to Play Christa McAuliffe in New Film About the Challenger Explosion," 3 Oct. 2018 Drilling and training helps teachers better prevent and respond in any of those situations. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "The Popular Mechanics Guide to Safer Schools," 1 Aug. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of teacher

: a person who passes on information or skill

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