[ ad-min-uh-strey-ter ]
/ ædˈmɪn əˌstreɪ tər /


a person who manages or has a talent for managing.
Law. a person appointed by a court to take charge of the estate of a decedent, but not appointed in the decedent's will.
Also called Informal, admin. Computers.
  1. a person who manages and supports a computer system or network, as in a business or other organization: the company’s system administrator; a database administrator.Compare system operator.
  2. a person who determines the site policies, appoints moderators, and manages the technical operation of an Internet message board or other interactive website: a forum administrator.
  3. a user account on a home computer accessible only by the user who manages the computer system.Compare root1(def 11b).
  4. a user who has access to this user account.

Origin of administrator

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin administrātor, equivalent to administrā(re) (see administer) + -tor -tor

OTHER WORDS FROM administrator

ad·min·is·tra·tor·ship, noun pre·ad·min·is·tra·tor, noun sub·ad·min·is·tra·tor, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for administrator

/ (ədˈmɪnɪˌstreɪtə) /


a person who administers the affairs of an organization, official body, etc
property law a person authorized to manage an estate, esp when the owner has died intestate or without having appointed executors
a person who manages a computer system

Derived forms of administrator

administratrix, fem n