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[ri-pawr-ter, -pohr-] /rɪˈpɔr tər, -ˈpoʊr-/
a person who reports.
a person employed to gather and report news, as for a newspaper, wire service, or television station.
a person who prepares official reports, as of legal or legislative proceedings.
Origin of reporter
1350-1400; Middle English reportour < Anglo-French (Old French reporteur). See report, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for reporter
  • They looked upon the world with the eye of the modern reporter.
  • The reporter has his hand upon it, and it is his grievous fault if he does not use it well.
  • And they wrote of it in the easy style of the trained reporter.
  • It will not be a lot of fun being a crime reporter in the capital for the foreseeable future.
  • Spotting birds in thick forest is a tantalising business and, for a reporter with dull senses, it tips towards the frustrating.
  • And they didn't say they told him a second reporter had been implicated.
  • For as long as they could get away with it, executives claimed the phone hacking was the doing of a rogue reporter.
  • Best thing you can do if a reporter starts writing science is to take it as mostly inaccurate or incomplete.
  • Our reporter spends a dark night with the living dead.
  • The reporter was talking to another reporter and neither one even showed the slightest bit of doubt about what they were saying.
British Dictionary definitions for reporter


a person who reports, esp one employed to gather news for a newspaper, news agency, or broadcasting organization
a person, esp a barrister, authorized to write official accounts of judicial proceedings
a person authorized to report the proceedings of a legislature
(in Scotland, social welfare) an official who arranges and conducts children's panel hearings and who may investigate cases and decide on the action to be taken
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for reporter

late 14c., reportour, "one who gives an account," agent noun from report (v.), or from Old French reporteur (Modern French rapporteur). In the newspaper sense, from 1798. French reporter in this sense is a 19c. borrowing from English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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