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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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  • Carl Larsson is a typical Swedish illustrator and a distinguished painter.

    The Art of the Book Bernard H. Newdigate
  • He was concerned with illustration first and last, as he was illustrator and nothing else.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • In the course of years he became the illustrator of about eighty volumes.

  • He dispenses with all superfluous gesture, as does the great French illustrator.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • No ability on the part of the illustrator will make these things tolerable in the near future.

    The Art of Illustration Henry Blackburn
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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