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1 a person responsible for the editorial aspects of publication; the person who determines the final content of a text (especially of a newspaper or magazine) [syn: editor in chief]
2 (computer science) a program designed to perform such editorial functions as rearrangement or modification or deletion of data [syn: editor program]

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From editionem ( editio) ‘a bringing forth, producing’, from stem of edere, ‘bring forth, produce’, from ex-, ‘out’ + -dere, combining form of dare, ‘to give’.


  • /ˈɛdɪtə/; ˈɛɾɪɾɹˌ


  1. A person who edits or makes changes to documents.
  2. A copy editor.
  3. A person who edited a specific document.
    • John Johnson wrote this term paper and the editor was Joan Johnson.
  4. A person at a newspaper or similar institution who edits stories and decides which ones to publish.
    • John is the city editor at the Daily Times.
  5. A machine used for editing (cutting and splicing) movie film
  6. In the context of "computer software": A program for creating and making changes to files, especially text files.
    • The TPU EVE editor is an excellent, extensible, programmable editor.
  7. In the context of "television|cinematography": Someone who manipulates video footage and assembles it into the correct order etc for broadcast; a picture editor.


person who edits
newspaper editor
program for modifying text files
  • Czech: editor
  • Dutch: editor, tekstverwerker
  • Finnish: editori
  • Norwegian: editor
  • Russian: редактор
  • Swedish: redigerare , texteditor
film, TV
  • Czech: střihač
  • French: monteur
machine for editing film
  • Italian: giuntatrice




  1. editor (computer program)




  • ɛditɔr


  1. An editor (computer program to edit text documents).



  1. editor

Related terms

Extensive Definition

The term editor may refer to:
As a person that does editing:
  • Copy editing, making formatting changes and other improvements to text
  • Business editing, making revisions, formatting and syntax improvements to business documents
  • Film editing, connecting shots to form a sequence then an entire movie
  • Literary editor, in a newspaper or similar, deals with reviews or literary criticism
  • Consulting editor, non-salaried, independent literary editor
  • Contributing editor, a magazine or book-publishing title, sometimes honorary, with a variety of meanings
  • Managing editor, senior member of a publication's management team
  • Sound editor, prepares the sound mixing a TV program or film
  • Picture editor, (aka photo editor) collects and reviews photographs and/or illustrations for publication in alignment with preset guidelines
As a computer program:
As other uses:
editor in German: Editor
editor in Spanish: Editor
editor in French: Éditeur
editor in Korean: 에디터
editor in Indonesian: Editor
editor in Japanese: エディター
editor in Portuguese: Edição
editor in Slovak: Editor
editor in Ukrainian: Редактор

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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