AskDefine | Define reader

Dictionary Definition



1 a person who enjoys reading
2 someone who contracts to receive and pay for a certain number of issues of a publication [syn: subscriber]
3 a person who can read; a literate person
4 someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication [syn: reviewer, referee]
5 someone who reads proof in order to find errors and mark corrections [syn: proofreader]
6 someone who reads the lessons in a church service; someone ordained in a minor order of the Roman Catholic Church [syn: lector]
7 a public lecturer at certain universities [syn: lector, lecturer]
8 one of a series of texts for students learning to read

User Contributed Dictionary




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  1. A person who reads a publication.
  2. A person who recites literary works, usually to an audience.
  3. A proofreader.
  4. In the context of "mostly|UK": A university lecturer below a professor.
  5. A book of exercises to accompany a textbook.
  6. A literary anthology.
  7. A lay or minor cleric who reads lessons in a church service.
  8. A device such as a card reader or microfilm reader.
  9. A newspaper advertisement designed to look like an news article rather than a commercial solicitation.


person who reads a publication

Extensive Definition

Reader can mean:
  • a reader: a person who is reading a text.
  • A person whose job or role is to read:
    • A publisher's reader, also called a first reader
    • Historically, a person who entertained cigar factory workers by reading books or newspapers aloud, also known as a lector; see cigar manufacture
    • Reader (liturgy), someone charged with reading Scripture in church (also called a Lector)
    • Reader (Christian Science Church), a person who conducts services in a Christian Science church, also called a First Reader or Second Reader
    • In the Anglican Church, a Reader is a person appointed to conduct services other than Holy Communion in the Church of England; (equivalent to lay reader in Episcopal Churches).
    • Reader (academic rank), the British academic rank between senior (or principal) lecturer and professor
Other meanings:
reader in German: Reader
reader in French: Reader

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