Definition of headmaster in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhedˈmastər/


(Especially in private schools) the man in charge of a school; the principal.
Example sentences
  • I am a private school headmaster, and this has been a problem for a couple of years now.
  • To make matters worse, the school belonged to a ghastly, gruesome headmaster named Mr Dowd.
  • Eight principals or headmasters were initially contacted.



Example sentences
  • Under the headmasterly rule of His Excellency the Life President Ngwazi Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda (to give him his official moniker), Malawi was peaceful, tidy, friendly, and decidedly old-fashioned.
  • If Guthrie wishes to be seen as having left the world of hemline journalism behind him, now is his heaven-made chance to demonstrate a headmasterly fairness and impartiality - one that is quite clearly beyond Marr and the boys.
  • But, even though she was reputed to be somewhat headmasterly over the usage of English, she had a charming and engaging social presence.

Words that rhyme with headmaster

blaster, caster, castor, faster, grandmaster, master, pastor, plaster

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Syllabification: head·mas·ter

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