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[in-struhk-ter] /ɪnˈstrʌk tər/
a person who instructs; teacher.
a teacher in a college or university who ranks below an assistant professor.
Origin of instructor
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin, equivalent to instruc-, variant stem of instruere (see instruct) + -tor -tor
Related forms
[in-struhk-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌɪn strʌkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
instructorship, noun
self-instructor, noun
1. tutor, schoolmaster, preceptor, pedagogue. Unabridged
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  • Lois is a part-time swim instructor and personal trainer.
  • Some years ago, an instructor asked us to close our eyes and picture a plant in our minds.
  • Fear is an instructor of great sagacity and the herald of all revolutions.
  • He here enlightens the souls of his servants, and is their interior instructor.
  • If he himself hadn't been bayonet instructor he'd have gone up to line three months sooner, probably been killed.
  • My instructor creates an atmosphere in which ideas can be exchanged freely.
  • instructor presents concepts, students follow and perhaps ask questions for clarification.
  • Crooks is also an instructor, teaching architecture to high school and college students.
  • First-timers can get in on the fun by sailing in tandem with a licensed instructor.
  • The instructor can insure that next summer the enrollment is high.
British Dictionary definitions for instructor


someone who instructs; teacher
(US & Canadian) a university teacher ranking below assistant professor
Derived Forms
instructorship, noun
instructress (ɪnˈstrʌktrɪs) noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for instructor

mid-15c., from Old French instructeur and directly from Medieval Latin instructor "teacher" (in classical Latin, "preparer"), agent noun from instruere (see instruct).

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