Definition of Teacher by Merriam-Webster

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teach·​er | ˈtē-chər How to pronounce teacher (audio) 1 : one that teaches especially : one whose occupation is to instruct

2 : a Mormon ranking above a deacon in the Aaronic priesthood

Examples of teacher in a Sentence

Experience is a good teacher. She is a first-grade teacher. a teacher of driver’s education

See More Recent Examples on the Web Since 1993, Season for Sharing has raised — and given away — more than $66 million to nonprofits statewide that help struggling families, support teachers and students and aid older Arizonans. — Scott Craven, azcentral, “Phoenix nonprofit allows neighbor to assist neighbor, and donations to Season for Sharing help keep it going,” 19 Jan. 2020 Parents, teachers and professionals must be able to both talk about it and understand the risks for vulnerable children of any race. — Rheeda Walker, The Conversation, “Black kids and suicide: Why are rates so high, and so ignored?,” 17 Jan. 2020 Just before noon, nine teachers and 17 children were injured after a flight leaving Los Angeles International Airport airport ejected fuel, which splattered the children during their afternoon recess. — Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, “Several young children injured after airplane dumps fuel above elementary playground,” 14 Jan. 2020 Hurdles include public hostility against those who speak a native language other than English, shortages of bilingual teachers and even the fact that dual-language programs often grow fastest in areas where upper-income parents ask for them. — Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, “In California: Dual-language programs grow in a state hungry for them,” 14 Jan. 2020 Both teachers and students were concerned with the violence that occurred at a school game. — CNN, “A high school basketball game in Dallas ended in a shooting,” 13 Jan. 2020 Like the Democrats in the US, Labour incorporates both the teachers and the school administrators, both the nurses and their managers. — David Graeber, The New York Review of Books, “The Center Blows Itself Up: Care and Spite in the ‘Brexit Election’,” 13 Jan. 2020 Massachusetts Institute of Technology has issued a memo warning teachers and staff of looming campus visits by federal immigration officials, according to a report. — Robert Gearty, Fox News, “MIT warns faculty and staff of ICE visits, urges cooperation: report,” 12 Jan. 2020 At that same meeting, Superintendent Miller established expectations for teachers and staff to strive to meet the needs of all district learners. — Sheila Vilvens,, “New Richmond teachers craft curriculum for growth,” 12 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of teacher

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Teacher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2020.

More Definitions for teacher

teach·​er | ˈtē-chər How to pronounce teacher (audio)

Kids Definition of teacher

: a person who passes on information or skill

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