Definition of editor in English:



  • 1A person who is in charge of and determines the final content of a newspaper, magazine, or multi-author book.

    ‘the editor of The Times’
    ‘a sports editor’
    • ‘In his club he met a newspaper editor who let him ‘embrace journalism’ as a sports writer.’
    • ‘But we don't have any black editors of major newspapers or magazines to my knowledge.’
    • ‘This, of course, was not the intention of the newspaper's publisher and editors.’
    • ‘However, some student newspaper editors said they ran the ad in the spirit of free speech and open debate.’
    • ‘Get to know the editors of your local newspaper by providing information about your business to them.’
    • ‘The newspaper's editors distort, manipulate and lie in the pursuit of their right-wing goals.’
    • ‘These included newspaper editors, political leaders and other activists.’
    • ‘Elite editors and book reviews and media types have confirmed anti-firearm views.’
    • ‘The jury was discharged and leave given to seek an order for the attachment and committal of the five newspaper editors.’
    • ‘Last week, many letters to the editors of newspapers critiqued Cathy's selection to light the flame.’
    • ‘Whether the findings have any legal implications is for the judges to decide, not for the newspaper editors.’
    • ‘This was the overriding message coming across to a group of Irish newspaper editors on a visit to Brussels last week.’
    • ‘They won't be able to shut you up, as long as you also contact the editors of major newspapers.’
    • ‘He was the president of the student counsel and was the editor for the school newspaper.’
    • ‘Finally, this week it is my privilege to pay tribute to the editor of our sister newspaper in Mayo.’
    • ‘Why would the editor of a newspaper alienate some of its better educated paying customers?’
    • ‘He said the newspaper editor was a busy man, a bit annoyed that this footballer's wife should be wasting his time.’
    • ‘The editor of the newspaper I was working for never let me forget my slip-up.’
    • ‘As the editor of the newspaper, how could you allow this to grace the front page of the paper?’
    • ‘Stothard points out that the role of the editor of a newspaper has changed a great deal over time.’
    1. 1.1A person who commissions or prepares written or recorded material for publication or broadcast.
      • ‘No one told me what to write nor was there an unspoken agenda or expectation on the part of the commissioning editor that I knew of.’
      • ‘Some have simply had a bad relationship with their editors or the publishing house.’
      • ‘How did Miller get to a position in which she could write such stories and her editors give them such play?’
      • ‘After finding the paper's methods and assumptions had been flawed, five of the journal's editors resigned.’
      • ‘Writers and editors should begin to discuss how to apply this valuable narrative tool more often.’
      • ‘Writers complain about tone-deaf editors who read with their eyes and not with their ears.’
      • ‘Already, editors and writers are struggling to adjust to the changed atmosphere.’
      • ‘For writers and editors, the workshop was a blizzard of inspiration and instruction.’
      • ‘Earlier this week, I asked readers to weigh in on the ways editors can help writers.’
      • ‘That way, writers and editors can work from a plan and use tools stored on their workbench.’
      • ‘It pushes me to get out of my office and spend time with other editors and writers.’
      • ‘Contributing editors publish monthly columns, ensuring that we continually update our readers.’
      • ‘But commissioning editors don't think like this.’
      • ‘Our senior commissioning editor had flagged at least one place where a table had been botched in the printout.’
      • ‘They were top-flight journalists and editors from newspapers and magazines!’
  • 2A computer program enabling the user to enter or alter text.

    ‘you will be able to use the editor to make any changes you want’
    • ‘Real Software has also enhanced the tool's database handler, code editor and debugger.’
    • ‘In fact in most cases, it is highly desirable to have an editor that wraps long text lines.’
    • ‘The editors allows a programmer to directly manipulate the intentional program tree.’
    • ‘The editor is preferably operable on a personal computer found in many homes today.’
    • ‘They are trying to beat Google by improving algorithmic search results with editors.’
    • ‘Weblog editors let you create posts offline, with all the embellishments you want.’
    • ‘We used to have a computer editor that let everyone have a different interface.’
    • ‘This article takes you on a whirlwind tour of soundfile editors for Linux.’
    • ‘Most exciting of all you can now create or alter picture messages with a picture editor built-in to the phone.’
    • ‘These graphical editors will help you to design a professional looking web site after a lot of practice.’
    • ‘The actual page is plain HTML which I coded in an HTML editor, and the blog bit is done with a SSI.’
    • ‘The third window is the code editor that shows files that are a part of your program.’
    • ‘You can use the editor simply to move pieces around as you would on a board or you can use it to set up a game in any manner you like and then play it from that point.’
    • ‘For those in need of help, the editor is accompanied by a tutorial on the developer's Website.’
    • ‘While the editor looks pretty intuitive, it's not exactly a drag and drop affair.’
    • ‘This is useful if you want a simple way to send people your pictures without messing around in an image editor.’
    • ‘Many image editors such as Adobe Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro can perform these tasks.’
    • ‘Switching between editors is very easy, using tabs at the top of the interface.’
    • ‘Players can also use the track editor to design and race over their own creations.’
    • ‘It knows nothing about music notation, and it is not designed to be a soundfile editor.’


Mid 17th century from Latin, ‘producer (of games), publisher’, from edit- ‘produced, put out’, from the verb edere.