Definition of interpreter noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtɜːprɪtə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtɜːrprɪtər//
    Computer programming
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  1. 1a person whose job is to translate what somebody is saying into another language Speaking through an interpreter, the President said that the talks were going well. a sign language interpreter (= a person who translates what somebody is saying into sign language for deaf people) Susan acted as interpreter for us. compare translator
  2. 2a person who performs a piece of music or a role in a play in a way that clearly shows their ideas about its meaning She is one of the finest interpreters of Debussy's music.
  3. 3(computing) a computer program that changes the instructions of another program into a form that the computer can understand and use See related entries: Computer programming
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French interpreteur, from late Latin interpretator, from Latin interpretari ‘explain, translate’, from interpres, interpret- ‘agent, translator, interpreter’.
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