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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Thank you for being a beautiful teacher and a magnificent being. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Demi Moore Shares Throwback Photos of Daughter Rumer Willis to Celebrate Her 31st Birthday," 17 Aug. 2019 One of the many perks of being a teacher is that summer and winter vacations are pretty much guaranteed. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "The 9 Best Summer Jobs for Teachers," 14 Aug. 2019 Guns, guns, guns, guns.’ Trauma is a teacher, providing lessons that the body has a hard time forgetting even if your mind might grow adept at pushing the memories away. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "What it’s like to feel fear while attending festivals in 2019," 12 Aug. 2019 Evans was a teacher, according to a copy of the Texas Gazetteer from 1882-83 made available by the San Antonio Conservation Society. Liz Teitz, ExpressNews.com, "Evans Road might lose its namesake historic home to meth lab damage," 8 Aug. 2019 Whitten at the time was a fifth-grade teacher at a Pell City elementary school but her attorney at the time said the charge against had nothing to do with Williams Intermediate School or the Pell City school system. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Alabama pastor and his wife charged in fire at their St. Clair County church," 8 Aug. 2019 Payne-Elliott's husband, Layton Payne-Elliott, is a teacher at Brebreuf Jesuit. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Catholic school controversy: Rainbow streamers welcome back Cathedral students," 8 Aug. 2019 Slavnikov, who holds a degree in biology, was a middle school science teacher in Connecticut before coming to Maryland. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll Biz Challenge: CodeLand aims to unite generations of learners," 5 Aug. 2019 Norm is a teacher at University Park Elementary and has helped coach football and wrestling at West Valley for many years. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "West Valley football coach resigns; Fairbanks school board to meet Monday," 2 Aug. 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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