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 (ĭg-zĕk′yə-tər, ĕk′sĭ-kyo͞o′tər)
1. Law A person who is appointed by a testator to execute the testator's will.
2. A person who carries out or performs something.

ex·ec′u·to′ri·al (-tôr′ē-əl) adj.
ex·ec′u·tor·ship′ n.


1. (Law) law a person appointed by a testator to carry out the wishes expressed in his or her will
2. a person who executes
[C13: from Anglo-French executour, from Latin execūtor, from ex-1 + sequi follow]
exˌecuˈtorial adj
exˈecutorˌship n


(ɪgˈzɛk yə tər or, for 1, ˈɛk sɪˌkyu-)

1. a person who executes, carries out, or performs some duty, job, assignment, artistic work, etc.
2. a person named in a decedent's will to carry out the provisions of that will.
[1250–1300; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin]
ex•ec`u•to′ri•al (-ˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-) adj.
ex•ec′u•tor•ship`, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.executor - a person appointed by a testator to carry out the terms of the will
executrix - a woman executor
fiduciary - a person who holds assets in trust for a beneficiary; "it is illegal for a fiduciary to misappropriate money for personal gain"
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[ɪgˈzekjʊtəʳ] N [of will] → albacea mf, testamentario/a m/f


[ɪgˈzɛkjʊr] nexécuteur/trice m/f testamentaire


n (of will)Testamentsvollstrecker m


[ɪgˈzɛkjʊtəʳ] n (of will) → esecutore/trice testamentario/a


(ˈeksikjuːt) verb
1. to put to death by order of the law. After the war many traitors were executed.
2. to carry out (instructions etc).
3. to perform (a movement etc usually requiring skill).
ˌexeˈcution (-ʃən) noun
1. (an act of) killing by law. The judge ordered the execution of the murderer.
2. the act of executing (orders or skilled movements etc).
ˌexeˈcutioner noun
a person whose duty is to put to death condemned persons.
executive (igˈzekjutiv) adjective
1. (in a business organization etc) concerned with management. executive skills.
2. concerned with the carrying out of laws etc. executive powers.
1. the branch of the government that puts the laws into effect.
2. a person or body of people in an organization etc that has power to direct or manage. He is an executive in an insurance company.
executor (igˈzekjutə) noun
a person appointed to see to the carrying out of what is stated in a will. His two brothers are the executors of his will.
References in classic literature ?
Hans Van Ripper as executor of his estate, examined the bundle which contained all his worldly effects.
Lecount, after a preliminary glance at her Draft, "is your choice of an executor.
Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee, his sole friend, and sole mourner.
And although one may not discuss Moses, he having been a mere executor of the will of God, yet he ought to be admired, if only for that favour which made him worthy to speak with God.
As they rode along, they made their wills in soldier-like style; each stating how his effects should be disposed of in case of his death, and appointing the other his executor.
Now, you the tempter," said he to the king, "you the executor," said he to D'Artagnan; "remember what I am about to say to you; you have my body, you may kill it, and I advise you to do so, for you shall never have my mind or my will.
With a confidence in Mr Elliot's regard, more creditable to his feelings than his judgement, Mr Smith had appointed him the executor of his will; but Mr Elliot would not act, and the difficulties and distress which this refusal had heaped on her, in addition to the inevitable sufferings of her situation, had been such as could not be related without anguish of spirit, or listened to without corresponding indignation.
I speak now not as a medical man but as a trustee and executor of Sir Charles's will.
A sallow prisoner has come up, in custody, for the half- dozenth time to make a personal application "to purge himself of his contempt," which, being a solitary surviving executor who has fallen into a state of conglomeration about accounts of which it is not pretended that he had ever any knowledge, he is not at all likely ever to do.
To Henriet Cousin, master executor of the high works of justice in Paris, the sum of sixty sols parisis, to him assessed and ordained by monseigneur the provost of Paris, for having bought, by order of the said sieur the provost, a great broad sword, serving to execute and decapitate persons who are by justice condemned for their demerits, and he hath caused the same to be garnished with a sheath and with all things thereto appertaining; and hath likewise caused to be repointed and set in order the old sword, which had become broken and notched in executing justice on Messire Louis de Luxembourg, as will more fully appear .
They called him in to decide family disputes, chose him as executor, confided secrets to him, elected him to be a justice and to other posts; but he always persistently refused public appointments, passing the autumn and spring in the fields on his bay gelding, sitting at home in winter, and lying in his overgrown garden in summer.
that residuary legatee was Joshua Rigg, who was also sole executor, and who was to take thenceforth the name of Featherstone.