someone who changes written or spoken words into another language, especially as their job
Origin and usage
The noun translator comes from French and Latin words meaning ‘person who translates’. It was first used in the 14th century.
Tomorrow is International Translation Day, but since we looked at ‘translation’ last year, this year it’s the turn of the person who does the translation, the translator. Translators generally deal with the written word while interpreters translate speech, although translator is often used as the overall term for anyone who translates speech or writing from one language into another. Translators, even more than their interpreting colleagues, are often invisible and largely ignored, although a few have become renowned outside the circle of their peers. The second meaning in the Macmillan Dictionary entry for translator is ‘a piece of equipment or a computer program that changes one language into another’. This process is known as machine translation.
“Translation is at best an echo.”
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