What does interpreter mean?

Definitions for interpreter
ɪnˈtɜr prɪ tərin·ter·preter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. interpreter, translatornoun

    someone who mediates between speakers of different languages

  2. interpreternoun

    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, voicenoun

    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 programnoun

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


  1. interpreternoun

    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. interpreternoun

    One who explains something, such as an art exhibit.

  3. interpreternoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Interpreternoun

    Etymology: interprete, Fr. interpres, Latin.

    What we oft do best,
    By sick interpreters, or weak ones, is
    Not ours, or not allow'd: what worst, as oft,
    Hitting a grosser quality, is cry'd up
    For our best act. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    In the beginning the earth was without form and void; a fluid, dark, confused mass, and so it is understood by interpreters, both Hebrew and Christian. Burnet.

    We think most mens actions to be the interpreters of their thoughts. John Locke.

    Nor word for word be careful to transfer,
    With the same faith as an interpreter. Richard Fanshawe.

    How shall any man, who hath a genius for history, undertake such a work with spirit, when he considers that in an age or two he shall hardly be understood without an interpreter. Jonathan Swift.


  1. interpreter

    Interpreting is a translational activity in which one produces a first and final target-language output on the basis of a one-time exposure to an expression in a source language. The most common two modes of interpreting are simultaneous interpreting, which is done at the time of the exposure to the source language, and consecutive interpreting, which is done at breaks to this exposure. Interpreting is an ancient human activity which predates the invention of writing. However, the origins of the profession of interpreting date back to less than a century ago.


  1. interpreter

    An interpreter is a program or an individual that translates a high-level programming language into a lower level language (like machine code) or text into another language in real-time. For programs, it enables the execution of scripts and codes without the need to compile them first. For individuals, it means translating spoken or sign language in real-time to facilitate communication between people who speak different languages.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Interpreternoun

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

  2. 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  

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  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. 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.

  2. Mike Waltz:

    I had an interpreter we worked with that had that exact thing happen to him.While on the waiting list he was caught with his documents, they followed him home to his family, drug him out of his home and killed him and several of his cousins.

  3. Malhaiko Senechal:

    When I heard the interpreter who was doing the interview with Radio Mega Mega, I immediately knew that I was in danger, in danger because these were men that came and assassinated Haitian President. If they can assassinate Haitian President and I am just a simple citizen -- well I was scared for my life.

  4. Mike Waltz:

    These people are coming from countries where you can't just look up their credit check or their background check, i had an interpreter we worked with that had that exact thing happen to him.While on the waiting list he was caught with his documents, they followed him home to his family, drug him out of his home and killed him and several of his cousins.

  5. Brad Wenstrup:

    I hope and pray that that interpreter, we find a way to get them out, my experience is if we get them here, they do everything right to become good U.S. citizens.

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