What does Reader mean?

Definitions for Reader
ˈri dərRead·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reader(noun)

    a person who enjoys reading

  2. subscriber, reader(noun)

    someone who contracts to receive and pay for a service or a certain number of issues of a publication

  3. reader(noun)

    a person who can read; a literate person

  4. reviewer, referee, reader(noun)

    someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication

  5. proofreader, reader(noun)

    someone who reads proof in order to find errors and mark corrections

  6. lector, reader(noun)

    someone who reads the lessons in a church service; someone ordained in a minor order of the Roman Catholic Church

  7. lector, lecturer, reader(noun)

    a public lecturer at certain universities

  8. reader(noun)

    one of a series of texts for students learning to read


  1. reader(Noun)

    A person who reads a publication.

  2. reader(Noun)

    A person who recites literary works, usually to an audience.

  3. reader(Noun)

    A proofreader.

  4. reader(Noun)

    A university lecturer below a professor.

  5. reader(Noun)

    Any device that reads something.

    a card reader, a microfilm reader

  6. reader(Noun)

    A book of exercises to accompany a textbook.

  7. reader(Noun)

    A literary anthology.

  8. reader(Noun)

    A lay or minor cleric who reads lessons in a church service.

  9. reader(Noun)

    A newspaper advertisement designed to look like an news article rather than a commercial solicitation.

  10. Reader(Noun)

    A person who is not ordained but is appointed to lead most services in the Anglican Church.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reader(noun)

    one who reads

  2. Reader(noun)

    one whose distinctive office is to read prayers in a church

  3. Reader(noun)

    one who reads lectures on scientific subjects

  4. Reader(noun)

    a proof reader

  5. Reader(noun)

    one who reads manuscripts offered for publication and advises regarding their merit

  6. Reader(noun)

    one who reads much; one who is studious

  7. Reader(noun)

    a book containing a selection of extracts for exercises in reading; an elementary book for practice in a language; a reading book

  8. Origin: [AS. rdere.]


  1. Reader

    The title of reader in the United Kingdom and some universities in the Commonwealth nations like Australia and New Zealand denotes an appointment for a senior academic with a distinguished international reputation in research or scholarship. It is an academic rank above senior lecturer, recognising a distinguished record of original research at professorial level. In the British ranking, for some universities a reader could be seen as a professor without a chair, similar to the distinction between professor extraordinarius and professor ordinarius at some European universities, professor and chaired professor in Hong Kong and professor B and chaired professor in Ireland. Both readers and professors in the UK would correspond to professors in the US. The promotion criteria applied to a readership in the United Kingdom are similar to those applied to a professorship: advancing from senior lecturer to reader requires evidence of a distinguished record of original research as well as a significant record of teaching excellence and service to the university. An incompatibility of ranking systems between different countries makes the position of reader difficult to place outside the context of the United Kingdom. A similar title used in some countries, for instance in Sweden, is docent, which is officially translated in English as reader.

Editors Contribution

  1. reader

    A type of machine, equipment or device that can read data and other information and function accurately to the design and purpose.

    Travel card systems have travel card readers within the system.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Reader' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2437

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Reader' in Nouns Frequency: #540

Anagrams for Reader »

  1. reared

  2. reread

  3. dearer

How to pronounce Reader?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say Reader in sign language?

  1. reader


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reader in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reader in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Reader in a Sentence

  1. Cat Ellington:

    Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is a picture book meritable of every child reader, whether he or she is just a beginner, or a bit more advanced.

  2. Ursula K. Le Guin:

    The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.

  3. Isaac Asimov:

    I'm not a speed reader. I'm a speed understander.

  4. Bill Cosby:

    Inviting her to my house, talking to her about personal situations dealing with her life, growth, education access and thoughts to how to acquire a more aggressive attitude, protecting oneself in business. i think I'm a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever Bill Cosby want to call them.

  5. Steven King, The Stand:

    The glory of a good tale is that it is limitless and fluid; a good tale belongs to each reader in its own particular way.

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