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Dictionary Definition



1 someone who mediates between speakers of different languages [syn: translator]
2 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 an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose; "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government" [syn: spokesperson, representative, voice]
4 (computer science) a program that translates and executes source language statements one line at a time [syn: interpretive program]

User Contributed Dictionary



to interpret + -er


  1. 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. One who explains something, such as an art exhibit.
  3. A program which executes another program written in a programming language other than machine code.

Derived terms


one who interprets speech in another language
computer program
  • Croatian: interpreter, interpretator
  • Czech: interpret
  • Japanese: インタープリタ (intāpurita)
  • Russian: интерпретатор
  • Thai: (dtua bplae paasăa)



From interpreter.



Extensive Definition

Interpreter, interpreting, interpretation can mean: The term interpretation may refer to:
Interpretation (logic) Philosophy:
  • Interpretation (model theory) — a formalisation of one structure's being interpreted in another by means of first-order formulae, like the standard interpretation of the field of rational numbers in the ring of integers.
  • interpretive dance — seeks to interpret the meaning inherent in music rather than performing specific pre-formatted moves
  • oral interpretation — a dramatic art, also commonly called "interpretive reading" and "dramatic reading"
In music interpretation refers to the process of a performer deciding how to perform music that has been previously composed and notated
  • heritage interpretation — developing an understanding of heritage: history, environment, culture
  • interpreter — a person who acts the role of a historical character in a living museum.

See also

interpreter in German: Interpreter (Begriffsklärung)
interpreter in Spanish: Intérprete
interpreter in French: Interprète
interpreter in Italian: Interprete
interpreter in Japanese: インタープリタ (曖昧さ回避)

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