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 (glô′sā-tər, glŏs′ā-)
One who provides explanatory glosses, especially a scholar or scribe who writes notes in the margins of or between the lines of a text.

[Medieval Latin glōssātor, from glōssāre, to gloss, from Latin glōssa, foreign word requiring explanation; see gloss2.]
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1. (Journalism & Publishing) Also called: glossarist, glossist or glossographer a writer of glosses and commentaries, esp (in the Middle Ages) an interpreter of Roman and Canon Law
2. (Library Science & Bibliography) a compiler of a glossary
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(glɒˈseɪ tər, glɔ-)

a writer of glosses.
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The glossator adopted the view of Huguccio, and likewise listed the opposing view that was being rejected.
Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary: On the Poems of J.H.
"On Not Loving Everyone: Comments on Jean-Luc Nancy's 'L'amour en eclats' ['Shattered Love']." Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary 5: 139-162.
Subsequent chapters analyse and interpret a variety of functions for glossing, highlighting the importance of the glossator in determining how a text should be read.
In the second manner, many additions and changes are made, therefore it is not the work of the Auctor, but rather of the glossator.] (25)
The other scribe, given his polished formal script and lead role, was likely the older of the pair and may well have acted as the young man's mentor in both clerical training and scrivening, for in all their joint work the Harley scribe assumes secondary place: rubricator, glossator, user.
Offering up multiple possibilities, each qualified and questioned before settling on the image's necessary secrecy, this book does not present the glossator as an absolute authority, but rather models the reader's probing attempts to make a deeply resistant book disclose secrets that finally refuse to yield themselves up." The note does not define but rather recalls the progressive winnowing and re-imagination of multiple readings: on first glance, the Dido figure may have been the sequence's recurrent love interest, Rosalind; later readings force the reader to reject this possibility.
Broglio R, 2013, "Abandonment: giving voice in the desert" Glossator 7,
Dr Aspasia Stephanou has published articles and chapters on vampirism and consumption (in Callaloo, forthcoming); Edgar Allan Poe, tuberculosis and female vampires (in The Edgar Allan Poe Review, Spring 2013); vampire communities and globalization (in GlobalGothic, 2013); on the vampire and empire (with Glennis Byron, in Transnational and Postcolonial Vampires: Dark Blood, 2012); on black metal theory (Glossator, 2012); and on blood and performance art (Journal for Cultural Research, 2011).
Derrida Published', Glossator, special issue entitled 'Going Postcard: The Letter(s) of Jacques Derrida' Michael O'Rourke (ed), Volume 7, Fall 2012; and Richard Burt, 'Putting Your Papers in Order: The Matter of Kierkegaard's Writing Desk, Goethe's Files, and Derrida's Paper Machine, or the Philology and Philosophy of Publishing After Death', Rhizomes 20 (Summer 2010).