teach·​er ˈtē-chər How to pronounce teacher (audio)
: one that teaches
especially : one whose occupation is to instruct
: a Mormon ranking above a deacon in the Aaronic priesthood

Example Sentences

Experience is a good teacher. She is a first-grade teacher. a teacher of driver's education
Recent Examples on the Web The staff guidance counselor/teacher/wife is largely responsible for this. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 24 Nov. 2022 Last year the region saw dozens of closures throughout the winter months, especially, as districts struggled to fill teacher absences with substitutes. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 23 Nov. 2022 Weaver, who has been with the district for 19 years, replaced Tim Throne last March to lead the school district, several months after a school shooting that killed four students and injured six others plus a teacher. Lily Altavena, Detroit Free Press, 23 Nov. 2022 Keegan-Michael Key reprised his Key & Peele role as Mr. Garvey, an inner-city substitute teacher who has trouble pronouncing the names of his middle-class white students, for a new Paramount+ ad. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 23 Nov. 2022 The other was paid for by Local 99 of Service Employees International Union, which represents most of the district’s lower-wage, nonteaching workers including bus drivers, teacher aides, custodians and cafeteria workers. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2022 His adventure begins when a substitute teacher comes up with an outrageous plan to shake up a school's Christmas pageant, ensuring no one in the town will forget it. Amy Mackelden, ELLE, 23 Nov. 2022 Extending the school day or school year is another, but requires reopening contract negotiations with teacher unions, which could prove contentious, particularly for a workforce that already feels both burnt out and under the gun. oregonlive, 23 Nov. 2022 Work alongside an art teacher to create your own masterpiece. Amanda Kondolojy, Orlando Sentinel, 23 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of teacher was in the 14th century

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“Teacher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teacher. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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teach·​er ˈtē-chər How to pronounce teacher (audio)
: one that teaches
especially : a person whose occupation is to instruct

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