in·​struc·​tor | \ in-ˈstrək-tər How to pronounce instructor (audio) \

Definition of instructor

: one that instructs : teacher especially : a college teacher below professorial rank

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instructorship \ in-​ˈstrək-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce instructor (audio) \ noun

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Examples of instructor in a Sentence

He's a poetry instructor at a local community college. had spent most of his adulthood as an instructor in the local school system
Recent Examples on the Web Ringo Starr is the latest celebrity instructor to join MasterClass, the streaming platform that taps leaders from sports, entertainment, politics and culture to curate and teach classes online. Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, 22 Nov. 2021 The instructor dutifully asks students to project how a capital expense – such as a machine in a factory – could produce future cash inflows and potential revenues. Shivaram Rajgopal, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2021 Williams is the first Maryland instructor for GROOV3, a lively, choreographed dance class taught throughout the country. John-john Williams Iv,, 12 Nov. 2021 Brian the driving instructor sets them up with a pair of flashy BMW M3s and sends them off to try drifting. Kristen Baldwin,, 10 Nov. 2021 In most people’s minds, the stereotypical instructor isn’t much different. Julissa James Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2021 When covid hit, the instructor changed to doing the class via video conference. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2021 During the live ride, the instructor said hello and gave encouragement to specific people by their first names. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 3 Nov. 2021 The Peloton instructor also earned two bonus points in the jive relay round, bringing his final total for the night to 36. Gabrielle Duncan,, 1 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of instructor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Instructor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of instructor

: a person who teaches a subject or skill : someone who instructs people
: a teacher in a college or university who is not a professor


in·​struc·​tor | \ in-ˈstrək-tər How to pronounce instructor (audio) \

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