Definition of interpreter in US English:



  • 1A person who interprets, especially one who translates speech orally.

    • ‘As for the use of the Maori language, how can an interpreter translate adequately on the spur of the moment?’
    • ‘That does not include the cost for medical expenses, interpreters and lawyers.’
    • ‘There is often a need to employ interpreters to assist with interviews, in some cases working in dialects from remote parts of the world.’
    • ‘However, is it reasonable for the committee to ask that I provide translation and interpreters?’
    • ‘The pair sat in the dock flanked by four police officers and the proceedings were translated by an interpreter.’
    • ‘Only a few English and Canadian personnel remained, mostly acting as translators and interpreters.’
    • ‘An additional expense may be the cost of translations and interpreters.’
    • ‘May Congress enact laws that instruct courts and other interpreters how to interpret future laws?’
    • ‘Only a few cinemas were equipped with earphones through which to hear interpreters translating the dialogues in the films for the audiences.’
    • ‘But interpreters go further than translators who deal in written works - they deal with the spoken word.’
    • ‘He looked exhausted and uncomfortable as he waited for the interpreter to translate.’
    • ‘Thousands of translators and interpreters around the world continue to perform essential tasks in often less-than-ideal conditions.’
    • ‘MIT students recruited as interpreters will provide translations.’
    • ‘For about ten minutes, one gentleman asked me questions in English, and the interpreter translated them into Czech.’
    • ‘This will mean 20 official languages, requiring in each case 150 new translators and interpreters.’
    • ‘There was much chatter, much nodding, then an expectant silence as the interpreter translated.’
    • ‘She says many Bulgarians speak excellent English and there is no shortage of interpreters or translators.’
    • ‘As a rule, interpreters are supposed to translate between their mother tongue and another language.’
    • ‘The British interpreter gave his version to the Russian interpreter who then translated for Stalin.’
    • ‘Then he watches as an interpreter translates for me, and nods to check I have understood.’
    translator, transcriber, transliterator, decipherer
    performer, presenter, portrayer, exponent
    analyst, evaluator, reviewer, commentator, annotator
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    1. 1.1Computing A program that can analyze and execute a program line by line.
      • ‘This code easily can cause a case of the interpreter doing what you said, not what you meant.’
      • ‘When an error occurs, the Ruby interpreter packages the error in an exception object.’
      • ‘The first line ensures that we run the Ruby interpreter, regardless of where it might be in our path.’
      • ‘The check is aimed at ensuring that no incongruent code is executed by the filter interpreter.’
      • ‘The resulting machine code is stored in memory and lost when the interpreter terminates.’


Late Middle English: from Old French interpreteur, from late Latin interpretator, from Latin interpretari (see interpret).