[ig-zek-yuh-ter or for 1, ek-si-kyoo-ter]
a person who executes, carries out, or performs some duty, job, assignment, artistic work, etc.
Law. a person named in a decedent's will to carry out the provisions of that will.

1250–1300; Middle English executour < Latin execūtor, equivalent to execū(tus) (see execute) + -tor, -tor; replacing Middle English esecutor < Anglo-French essecutour < Latin, as above

executorial [ig-zek-yuh-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-] , adjective
executorship, noun
preexecutor, noun
subexecutor, noun
unexecutorial, adjective

executor, trustee, trusty.
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executor (ɪɡˈzɛkjʊtə)
1.  law a person appointed by a testator to carry out the wishes expressed in his will
2.  a person who executes
[C13: from Anglo-French executour, from Latin execūtor, from ex-1 + sequi follow]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from Anglo-Fr. executour, from L. executorem, agent noun from exsequi (see execution). Fem. form executrix is attested from c.1500.
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in law, person designated by a testator-i.e., a person making a will-to direct the distribution of his estate after his death. The system is found only in countries using Anglo-American law; in civil-law countries the estate goes directly to the heir or heirs. The executor is usually a surviving spouse or other relative and achieves his position in most states even before the will is entered into probate, the judicial proceedings for determining the validity of the will. In all instances he is required to post a bond with the court as assurance that he will not abscond with the assets. He is required to dispose of the property in accordance with the provisions of the will. He must collect all debts due to the estate, as well as pay all those that are owed by the testator. He must then distribute the assets to heirs and legatees. If there is no will and no real estate and the heirs are able to agree upon the distribution of the estate, then an executor is not needed.

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Example sentences
It meant nothing that she was her father's executor and one of his heirs.
Our friendship, and now my role as his literary executor, confirms his point.
Sobieski wrote to his queen, that the grand vizier had made him his sole
Your safe-deposit box may be sealed until your executor or heirs can prove
  they're authorized to open it.
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