1. a person or thing that animates.
  2. an artist who produces animation from drawings, objects, or computer models: a cartoon animator;a video-game animator;a stop-motion animator.


  1. an artist who produces animated cartoons
  2. Canadian a person who coordinates or facilitates something, esp a television or radio presenter

1630s, “one who enlivens or inspires,” from Latin animator, agent noun from animare (see animate (v.)). Cinematographic sense is from 1919.

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