Definition of glossator in English:



  • A person who writes glosses, especially a scholarly commentator on the texts of classical, civil, or canon law.

    • ‘The only sort of training I had as any kind of exegete or glossator was being taught for A-level how to read Shakespeare, Milton and Dickens.’
    • ‘The examination of the glosses in this codex reveals that the student glossators of this work engaged in a dialectical relationship about how to approach this medieval textbook.’
    • ‘Nicander is a gifted Homeric glossator, but he is neither zoologist nor toxicologist.’
    • ‘Could we expect a replay of the achievements of the glossators and postglossators discussed earlier in this report?’
    • ‘The author comes to the conclusion that glossators, using scholastic methodology, elaborated their own doctrine of contracts and pacts.’
    interpreter, transcriber, transliterator, paraphraser, decipherer
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Late Middle English: from medieval Latin, from glossare, from Latin glossa (see gloss).