One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An interpreter, especially of scriptural texts.
Mid 19th century. From ancient Greek ἑρμηνευτής interpreter from ἑρμηνεύειν to interpret (from ἑρμηνεύς interpreter, a technical term of unknown origin, possibly a loanword from Asia Minor) + -τής, suffix forming agent nouns.
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