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 Students usually get less than an hour a day with an in-person teacher, according to the nonprofit Innovate Public Schools. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Schools Aren’t Really Open," 2 May 2021 The educators will be honored as teachers of the year for their campuses with one overall district teacher of the year to be announced at the gala. Arkansas Online, "Calendar 5-2-21," 2 May 2021 School systems across Maryland must permit in-person instruction, in a school, with a teacher in the classroom, starting with the fall opening of classes and continuing through the 2021-2022 school year, state officials said Tuesday. Washington Post, "Covid-19 live updates Global pandemic needs a more global response, says Fauci, as India death toll passes 200,000," 28 Apr. 2021 Under the Department’s remote learning regulations, students are required to have opportunities for interaction with a teacher each school day. BostonGlobe.com, "Massachusetts orders high schools to resume full-time in-person learning by May 17," 27 Apr. 2021 The bill would define a minimum school day, require students meet with a teacher at least once every three days, and make schools offer an in-person instruction option for students with special needs. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "CA legislators propose reforms to prevent another A3 charter school scandal," 26 Apr. 2021 In their place were seven students and educators from around the Navajo Nation, who'd gathered to talk in private with the White House's resident teacher about their education. Alden Woods, The Arizona Republic, "Jill Biden visits a Navajo school and talks to teachers and students in a private meeting," 24 Apr. 2021 Up until January, though, learning online was the only choice for the kids there, with limited opportunities to meet in person with a teacher for extra assistance. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, "You might be surprised by which Salt Lake County school district has the most students learning in person this spring," 24 Apr. 2021 The new Hebrew courses will be asynchronous, meaning students will not interact in real time with a teacher, and will be offered starting in fall 2022. Shira Hanau, sun-sentinel.com, "Yeshiva University plans to eliminate in-person Hebrew courses indefinitely," 16 Apr. 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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6 May 2021

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“Teacher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teacher. Accessed 9 May. 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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