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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Readernoun

    one who reads

    Etymology: [AS. rdere.]

  2. Readernoun

    one whose distinctive office is to read prayers in a church

    Etymology: [AS. rdere.]

  3. Readernoun

    one who reads lectures on scientific subjects

    Etymology: [AS. rdere.]

  4. Readernoun

    a proof reader

    Etymology: [AS. rdere.]

  5. Readernoun

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

    Etymology: [AS. rdere.]

  6. Readernoun

    one who reads much; one who is studious

    Etymology: [AS. rdere.]

  7. Readernoun

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

    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. reared

  2. reread

  3. dearer

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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. Barack Obama:

    Whether it was( Walter) Cronkite or( David) Brinkley or what have you, there was a common set of facts, a baseline around which both parties had to adapt and respond to, and by the time I take office, what you increasingly have is a media environment in which if you are a Fox News viewer, you have an entirely different reality than if you are a New York Times reader.

  2. Lionel Trilling:

    Any historian of the literature of the modern age will take virtually for granted the adversary intention, the actually subversive intention, that characterizes modern writing -- he will perceive its clear purpose of detaching the reader from the habits of thought and feeling that the larger culture imposes, of giving him a ground and a vantage point from which to judge and condemn, and perhaps revise, the culture that produces him.

  3. William S. Burroughs:

    Writing prejudicial, off-putting reviews is a precise exercise in applied black magic. The reviewer can draw free-floating disagreeable associations to a book by implying that the book is completely unimportant without saying exactly why, and carefully avoiding any clear images that could capture the reader's full attention.

  4. Mark Twain:

    Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

  5. Editor Phil Jenkins:

    I woke up, checked my phone and saw an email from a reader about the mistake. Then I went to the box, saw the paper and felt sick.

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