What does interpreter mean?

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ɪnˈtɜr prɪ tərin·ter·preter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. interpreter, translator(noun)

    someone who mediates between speakers of different languages

  2. interpreter(noun)

    someone who uses art to represent something

    "his paintings reveal a sensitive interpreter of nature"; "she was famous as an interpreter of Shakespearean roles"

  3. spokesperson, interpreter, representative, voice(noun)

    an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose

    "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government"

  4. interpreter, interpretive program(noun)

    (computer science) a program that translates and executes source language statements one line at a time


  1. interpreter(Noun)

    One who listens to a speaker in one language and relates that utterance to the audience in a different language. Contrasted with translator.

    Wei Li had to interpret the whole speech, and they didn't even give her any study materials beforehand.

  2. interpreter(Noun)

    One who explains something, such as an art exhibit.

  3. interpreter(Noun)

    A program which executes another program written in a programming language other than machine code.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Interpreter(noun)

    one who or that which interprets, explains, or expounds; a translator; especially, a person who translates orally between two parties

    Etymology: [Cf. OF. entrepreteur, L. interpretator.]


  1. Interpreter

    In computer science, an interpreter is a computer program that executes, i.e. performs, instructions written in a programming language. An interpreter generally uses one of the following strategies for program execution: ⁕execute the source code directly ⁕translate source code into some efficient intermediate representation and immediately execute this ⁕explicitly execute stored precompiled code made by a compiler which is part of the interpreter system Early versions of the Lisp programming language and Dartmouth BASIC would be examples of the first type. Perl, Python, MATLAB, and Ruby are examples of the second, while UCSD Pascal is an example of the third type. Source programs are compiled ahead of time and stored as machine independent code, which is then linked at run-time and executed by an interpreter and/or compiler. Some systems, such as Smalltalk, contemporary versions of BASIC, Java and others may also combine two and three. While interpretation and compilation are the two main means by which programming languages are implemented, they are not mutually exclusive, as most interpreting systems also perform some translation work, just like compilers. The terms "interpreted language" or "compiled language" signify that the canonical implementation of that language is an interpreter or a compiler, respectively. A high level language is ideally an abstraction independent of particular implementations.

Editors Contribution

  1. interpreter

    A person with the specific and accurate ability, experience, skills, training, knowledge, qualification to interpret data, information, facts, language and information in their specialized language or profession.

    There are a variety of interpreters around the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  

How to pronounce interpreter?

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How to say interpreter in sign language?

  1. interpreter


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of interpreter in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of interpreter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of interpreter in a Sentence

  1. Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann:

    A provisional translation by an interpreter shows that he expressly announces, in the name of Allah, and testifying his allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a famous Islamist leader, an act of revenge against the Germans because they're getting in the way of Islam.

  2. James Harrington:

    Mr. Bin al Shibh wanted a letter sent to his brother in Yemen which encouraged his brother's son, who was starting in a new school for him, to study hard, in a telephone call with the brother about the entire family, our interpreter told him that Ramzi wished his son well in his school.

  3. Lindsay Rothschild-Cross:

    I truly feel like artists, they know when an interpreter is in it for the right reasons, that's how I'm able to incorporate all of his feelings and his past struggles into that.

  4. Kristy Militello:

    The sad fact of this case is that if a Mandarin interpreter was provided at that first checkpoint, we very well might not be here today.

  5. Karl Barth:

    Conscience is the perfect interpreter of life.

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