truant officer


: a person employed by a public-school system to investigate the continued absences of pupils

called also attendance officer, truancy officer

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There is fleet white, the easily repairable, appliancelike white of chicken inspectors and truant officers. Dan Neil, WSJ, 7 Feb. 2020 Bonnie’s father, Stan Colwell, had been a tough truant officer before being promoted to principal at a second-chance high school. Tribune News Service,, 22 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of truant officer was in 1868

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“Truant officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

truant officer


: a school officer whose duty is to investigate the continued absences of students
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