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?’
    • ‘There is often a need to employ interpreters to assist with interviews, in some cases working in dialects from remote parts of the world.’
    • ‘That does not include the cost for medical expenses, interpreters and lawyers.’
    • ‘As a rule, interpreters are supposed to translate between their mother tongue and another language.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was much chatter, much nodding, then an expectant silence as the interpreter translated.’
    • ‘Thousands of translators and interpreters around the world continue to perform essential tasks in often less-than-ideal conditions.’
    • ‘For about ten minutes, one gentleman asked me questions in English, and the interpreter translated them into Czech.’
    • ‘But interpreters go further than translators who deal in written works - they deal with the spoken word.’
    • ‘The British interpreter gave his version to the Russian interpreter who then translated for Stalin.’
    • ‘She says many Bulgarians speak excellent English and there is no shortage of interpreters or translators.’
    • ‘He looked exhausted and uncomfortable as he waited for the interpreter to translate.’
    • ‘This will mean 20 official languages, requiring in each case 150 new translators and interpreters.’
    • ‘Then he watches as an interpreter translates for me, and nods to check I have understood.’
    • ‘May Congress enact laws that instruct courts and other interpreters how to interpret future laws?’
    • ‘An additional expense may be the cost of translations and interpreters.’
    • ‘However, is it reasonable for the committee to ask that I provide translation and interpreters?’
    • ‘MIT students recruited as interpreters will provide translations.’
    • ‘Only a few cinemas were equipped with earphones through which to hear interpreters translating the dialogues in the films for the audiences.’
    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.
      • ‘When an error occurs, the Ruby interpreter packages the error in an exception object.’
      • ‘The resulting machine code is stored in memory and lost when the interpreter terminates.’
      • ‘This code easily can cause a case of the interpreter doing what you said, not what you meant.’
      • ‘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.’


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