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
Recent Examples on the Web Four students died in the November shooting, and six students and one teacher were injured. Wendy Guzman, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Six other students and one teacher were also injured. Lily Altavena, Detroit Free Press, 3 Aug. 2022 Chandler grew up in Littleton, Colorado, a town that borders Columbine, where a mass shooter murdered 12 students and a teacher in 1999. Gavin Good, Chicago Tribune, 22 July 2022 But board members panned the idea — with one teacher pointing out the working conditions at aging West High, at 241 N. 300 West. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 July 2022 The committee’s report also noted that at least one teacher inside the school successfully received a lockdown alert at 11:32 a.m. Lucien Bruggeman, ABC News, 20 July 2022 The videos showed students and a teacher hiding in fear as about two dozen gunshots were fired nearby. Rafael Olmeda, Sun Sentinel, 18 July 2022 The issue of the faulty doors had been reported by at least one teacher before the shooting, McCraw testified, meaning that either administrators or building maintenance staff were aware of the issue. Safia Samee Ali, NBC News, 22 June 2022 As Sam starts digging, we are transported back to 1964, where febrile schoolboy crushes abound and students are enraptured by one particularly charismatic teacher. The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of teacher

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Teacher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teacher. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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