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[ed-i-ter] /ˈɛd ɪ tər/
a person having managerial and sometimes policy-making responsibility related to the writing, compilation, and revision of content for a publishing firm or for a newspaper, magazine, or other publication:
She was offered a managing editor position at a small press.
the supervisor or manager of a department of a newspaper, magazine, etc.:
the sports editor of a newspaper.
a person who edits, or selects and revises, material for publications, films, etc.: a video editor;
the editor of an online journal.
a device for viewing, cutting, and editing film or magnetic tape to make movies, audio recordings, etc.
Computers. a program used for writing and revising code, data, or text:
an XML editor.
1640-50; < Medieval Latin, Late Latin: publisher; see edit, -tor Unabridged
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  • The supplement was again produced by two editors working in parallel.
  • editors and scientists alike insist on the pivotal importance of peer review.
  • For instance, in past years, picture editors dealt only with just that picture.
  • Although not the majority today, women are still part of the field of working editors.
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British Dictionary definitions for editors


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
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Word Origin and History for editors



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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