Etymology
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compiler (n.)

mid-14c., "a chronicler, one who makes a compilation," from Anglo-French compilour, Old French compileur "author, chronicler," from Latin compilatorem, agent noun from compilare (see compile). Another form of the word current in Middle and early Modern English was compilator "a plagiarist; a compiler" (c. 1400), directly from Latin.

updated on February 09, 2018

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Definitions of compiler from WordNet

compiler (n.)
a person who compiles information (as for reference purposes);
compiler (n.)
(computer science) a program that decodes instructions written in a higher order language and produces an assembly language program;
Synonyms: compiling program
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