1. a person or thing that educates, especially a teacher, principal, or other person involved in planning or directing education.
  2. an educationist.


  1. a person who educates; teacher
  2. a specialist in education; educationalist
  3. (in South Africa) a school teacher

1560s, “one who nourishes or rears;” 1670s, “one who trains or instructs,” from Latin educator (in classical Latin, “a foster father” as well as “a tutor”), agent noun from past participle stem of educare (see educate). Latin educatrix meant “a nurse.”

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