train·​er | \ ˈtrā-nər How to pronounce trainer (audio) \

Definition of trainer

1 : a person who trains someone or something: such as
a : one whose occupation is to guide or instruct people in fitness and exercise routines a personal trainer When we run the track, Stan Ward, a boxing and conditioning trainer, times us.— Bridgett Riley
b : one who oversees the training of animals a dog/horse trainer A trainer uses the clicker to create an auditory cue that marks a particular behavior and then rewards the dog with a treat.— C. C. Holland
2 : a person who treats the ailments and minor injuries of the members of an athletic team … he landed so hard that the wind was knocked out of him. He lay writhing on the ground as Herm Schneider, the team trainer, rushed to his side.— William Nack
3 : something (such as a machine or vehicle) used in training — see also elliptical trainer
4 chiefly British : sneaker sense 2 They wore trainers, scuffed and old, with the laces loose and the tongues protruding in defiance at the ankle.— M. J. Trow

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Examples of trainer in a Sentence

the boxer and his trainer She hired a personal trainer.
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First Known Use of trainer

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of trainer was in 1543

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7 Jan 2020

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“Trainer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of trainer

: a person who teaches or coaches athletes or animals : a person who trains athletes or animals
US : a person who treats the injuries of the members of a sports team

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