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[il-uh-strey-ter, ih-luhs-trey-ter] /ˈɪl əˌstreɪ tər, ɪˈlʌs treɪ tər/
an artist who makes illustrations:
an illustrator of children's books.
a person or thing that illustrates.
Origin of illustrator
1590-1600; < Late Latin, equivalent to illustrā(re) to illustrate + -tor -tor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for illustrator
  • He was by profession a skilled commercial illustrator and by avocation a highly regarded amateur astronomer.
  • Finally, the desperate editor sent an equally desperate illustrator to search out the writer.
  • In some cases, the paper engineer proves to be doubly talented and serves as the illustrator as well.
  • For many years he even tried to put the dream of being an actor out of his head, while working as a magazine illustrator.
  • Children join a noted naturalist-illustrator as he spends a day observing a family of timber wolves in the wild.
  • All of these covers, of course, use photography as interpreted by an illustrator.
  • She is also the author and illustrator of activity books for kids.
  • He earned acclaim both as a historic and contemporary fantasy illustrator.
  • While cordial to each other, the writer and the illustrator never agreed on the division of labor.
  • Relates life experiences and influences to his work as an illustrator.
Word Origin and History for illustrator

1590s, "one who enlightens," from illustrate + Latinate agent-noun suffix -or. Meaning "one who draws pictures" is 1680s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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