[il-uh-strey-ter, ih-luhs-trey-ter]
an artist who makes illustrations: an illustrator of children's books.
a person or thing that illustrates.

1590–1600; < Late Latin, equivalent to illustrā(re) to illustrate + -tor -tor Unabridged
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illustrate (ˈɪləˌstreɪt)
1.  to clarify or explain by use of examples, analogy, etc
2.  (tr) to be an example or demonstration of
3.  (tr) to explain or decorate (a book, text, etc) with pictures
4.  (tr) an archaic word for enlighten
[C16: from Latin illustrāre to make light, explain, from lustrāre to purify, brighten; see lustrum]

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Example sentences
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.
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