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[ri-pawr-ter, -pohr-] /rɪˈpɔr tər, -ˈpoʊr-/
a person who reports.
a person employed to gather and report news, as for a newspaper, wire service, or television station.
a person who prepares official reports, as of legal or legislative proceedings.
Origin of reporter
1350-1400; Middle English reportour < Anglo-French (Old French reporteur). See report, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Cookie often said that a fire was the most exciting thing a reporter could be sent to cover.

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
  • The reporter stood with clenched fists and flashing eyes, hesitating.

  • He joined the reporter and they walked out to the field beyond the irrigation ditch.

    Adolescents Only Irving E. Cox
  • Then a reporter leaped aboard, and ere I could gasp held me in his toils.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • I had little heart for a reporter's version of what had so thrilled me coming from Leighton's own lips.

    One of My Sons Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for reporter


a person who reports, esp one employed to gather news for a newspaper, news agency, or broadcasting organization
a person, esp a barrister, authorized to write official accounts of judicial proceedings
a person authorized to report the proceedings of a legislature
(in Scotland, social welfare) an official who arranges and conducts children's panel hearings and who may investigate cases and decide on the action to be taken
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for reporter

late 14c., reportour, "one who gives an account," agent noun from report (v.), or from Old French reporteur (Modern French rapporteur). In the newspaper sense, from 1798. French reporter in this sense is a 19c. borrowing from English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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