1. [syn: abridger, abbreviator]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Abbreviator \Ab*bre"vi*a`tor\, n. [LL.: cf. F. abbr['e]viateur.]
1. One who abbreviates or shortens.
2. One of a college of seventy-two officers of the papal
court whose duty is to make a short minute of a decision
on a petition, or reply of the pope to a letter, and
afterwards expand the minute into official form.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: one who shortens or abridges or condenses a written work
[syn: abridger, abbreviator]