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. 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. Bruce Springsteen:

    Writing about yourself is a funny business, but in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I've tried to do this.

  2. Bill Cosby:

    I walk her out. She does not look angry. She does not say to me, don’t ever do that again, she does n’t walk out with an attitude of a huff, because I think that I ’m a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever Bill Cosby want to call them.

  3. John Dixon:

    For these reasons, I am satisfied that the applicant’s case is capable of establishing that a real risk of prejudice to the due administration of justice...would be evident to the hypothetical ordinary reasonable reader from the content of the impugned publications.

  4. Frank Sesno:

    Under the social media microscope this will be much tougher because most every viewer, reader, listener will be judging — many in real time, it's a daunting news agenda, but the public is tuned in and amped up. News organizations will be judged quickly and harshly.

  5. Praveen Maheswari:

    Today media fake survey report was saying 84 per cent people are interested in covid vaccination and 8% was not interested. Truth that was not told by news reader that 84% ordinary people are forced to take jab and 8 % not interested ones are doctors, politicians, corporate directors , news anchors, media proprietors

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