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[ed-i-ter] /ˈɛd ɪ tər/
a person having managerial and sometimes policy-making responsibility for the editorial part of a publishing firm or of a newspaper, magazine, or other publication.
the supervisor or conductor of a department of a newspaper, magazine, etc.:
the sports editor of a newspaper.
a person who edits material for publication, films, etc.
a device for editing film or magnetic tape.
1640-50; < Medieval Latin, Late Latin: publisher; see edit, -tor
Related forms
preeditor, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for editor
  • Words from our former senior editor for photography.
  • Each submission is read carefully before being forwarded to the appropriate editor.
  • Writers must submit a query letter to the editor in advance.
  • Finally, the desperate editor sent an equally desperate illustrator to search out the writer.
  • It was my pleasure to act as editor for the project.
  • He had been a magazinist all his life, and he had learned to view the tale from the standpoint of the editor.
  • To this journal he became a contributor, and later was for a time its nominal editor.
  • One might have supposed that the doctor had been watching from his office window and had seen the editor going along the alleyway.
  • He was a powerful influence not only as a poet but as a critic and editor.
  • Discover is running a selection of letters to the editor about the column, and a response from the scientists.
British Dictionary definitions for editor


a person who edits written material for publication
a person in overall charge of the editing and often the policy of a newspaper or periodical
a person in charge of one section of a newspaper or periodical: the sports editor
  1. a person who makes a selection and arrangement of individual shots in order to construct the flowing sequence of images for a film
  2. a device for editing film, including a viewer and a splicer
(television, radio) a person in overall control of a programme that consists of various items, such as a news or magazine style programme
a computer program that facilitates the deletion or insertion of data within information already stored in a computer
Derived Forms
editorship, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin: producer, exhibitor, from ēdere to give out, publish, from ē- out + dāre to give
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for editor

1640s, "publisher," from Latin editor "one who puts forth," agent noun from editus, past participle of edere (see edition). By 1712 in sense of "person who prepares written matter for publication;" specific sense in newspapers is from 1803.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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editor in Technology
A program used to edit a document.
Different types of document have different editors, e.g. a text editor for text files, an image editor for images, an HTML editor for web pages, etc. The term can be used for pretty much any kind of data modification, e.g. a disk sector editor which operates directly on the hard disk, bypassing the filesystem.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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