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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The monk then gave the bone to his teacher, the Sixth Gung-Thang Living Buddha. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Tibetan Bone Discovery Rewrites Ancient History," 6 May 2019 Fortunately for our family and the school, the student didn’t shoot any fellow students or teachers. WSJ, "A Parkland, Fla., Father’s Lonely Crusade," 18 Jan. 2019 Your teacher def won't be able to tell the difference between double spacing and 2.5 spacing. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "19 Things Every Student Tries To Make Their Paper Seem Longer Than It Actually Is," 15 Apr. 2019 About 30,000 teachers and other educational professionals receive government training on the subject every year. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 At the time, the school’s focus was on preparing students to become teachers in Chicago public schools. 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 One afternoon in 1914, Franz Kafka visited the Berlin home of the philosopher and teacher Martin Buber. Benjamin Balint, WSJ, "‘Martin Buber’ Review: The Hebrew Humanist," 5 Apr. 2019 Though that teacher was very wrong in predicting how Chan’s career might unfold, becoming a trailblazer of Hollywood’s inclusion movement comes with its own challenges, particularly when entering a multi-billion dollar franchise. Yolanda Machado, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gemma Chan Knows Hollywood Has a Long Way to Go with Inclusion," 2 Apr. 2019 Her teachers report not understanding exactly what motivated the uncharacteristic decision. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Turned Down a Spot at Her Dream College for a Chance to Study with Prince William," 23 Mar. 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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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