What does reader mean?

Definitions for reader
ˈri dərread·er

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.


  1. reader

    A reader is a person who reads, comprehends, and interprets written or printed materials such as books, articles, newspapers, or digital content. It can also refer to a device or software used to decode or interpret specific symbols, information, or code from a particular medium.

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  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Reader is ranked #9780 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Reader surname appeared 3,313 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Reader.

    87.9% or 2,913 total occurrences were White.
    7.1% or 237 total occurrences were Black.
    1.9% or 64 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 56 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 24 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 19 total occurrences were Asian.

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. 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. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    You are not responsible for the reader, you're only responsible for what you are writing.

  3. W. Fusselman:

    Today a reader--tomorrow a leader.

  4. Mark Twain:

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

  5. George Frost Kennan:

    The very concept of history implies the scholar and the reader. Without a generation of civilized people to study history, to preserve its records, to absorb its lessons and relate them to its own problems, history, too, would lose its meaning.

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