What does Reader mean?

Definitions for Reader
ˈri dərread·er

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Reader.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. readernoun

    a person who enjoys reading

  2. subscriber, readernoun

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

  3. readernoun

    a person who can read; a literate person

  4. reviewer, referee, readernoun

    someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication

  5. proofreader, readernoun

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

  6. lector, readernoun

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

  7. lector, lecturer, readernoun

    a public lecturer at certain universities

  8. readernoun

    one of a series of texts for students learning to read


  1. readernoun

    A person who reads a publication.

  2. readernoun

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

  3. readernoun

    A proofreader.

  4. readernoun

    A university lecturer below a professor.

  5. readernoun

    Any device that reads something.

    a card reader, a microfilm reader

  6. readernoun

    A book of exercises to accompany a textbook.

  7. readernoun

    A literary anthology.

  8. readernoun

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

  9. readernoun

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

  10. Readernoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Readernoun

    Etymology: from read.

    As we must take the care that our words and sense be clear, so if the obscurity happen through the hearers or readers want of understanding, I am not to answer for them. Ben Jonson.

    Basiris’ altars and the dire decrees
    Of hard Eurestheus, ev’ry reader sees. Dryden.

    He got into orders, and became a reader in a parish church at twenty pounds a year. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Readernoun

    one who reads

  2. Readernoun

    one whose distinctive office is to read prayers in a church

  3. Readernoun

    one who reads lectures on scientific subjects

  4. Readernoun

    a proof reader

  5. Readernoun

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

  6. Readernoun

    one who reads much; one who is studious

  7. Readernoun

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

  8. Etymology: [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. dearer

  2. reared

  3. reread

  4. redare

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  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. Isaac Asimov:

    I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.

  2. Susan Gunn:

    Our society's splintering. We are in the middle of a pandemic with 100,000 dead, president Trump identifies himself as a Christian and avid reader of the Bible. And I just call him and all of our hurting communities to remember the great commandment to love your neighbor as yourself.

  3. John Keats:

    Poetry should please by a fine excess and not by singularity. It should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost as a remembrance.

  4. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    A writer draws a road map where readers walk with their love, joy, anger, tears, and dismay. Every story, every poem, has different meanings for every reader.

  5. 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.

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