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professor Syllabification: pro·fes·sor
Pronunciation: /prəˈfesər/

Definition of professor in English:


1 (also full professor) A teacher of the highest rank in a college or university.
Example sentences
  • They supported charitable foundations, gave money to local hospitals and churches, subsidized chairs for university professors.
  • Would a chair professor of literature at Yale University be allowed to conduct serially personal liaisons with female graduate students over his entire career across decades?
  • But he soon left to join the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos as a lecturer, rising through the ranks to become a professor and head of department of paediatrics.
prof, tenured faculty member, dean, full/assistant/associate professor, instructor, lecturer, doctor, scholar, academic
1.1North American An associate professor or an assistant professor.
Example sentences
  • The people best positioned to effect this communication are high school teachers, college professors, and fellow students.
  • Before joining Stanford in 1998, Hammond was a professor at Columbia University's Teachers College.
  • There are, however, times when the balancing act of being both a college professor and a teacher of young children can get frustrating.
1.2North American informal Any instructor, especially in a specialized field.
2A person who affirms a faith in or allegiance to something: the professors of true religion
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  • A suspicion got abroad that the professors of this religion had made use of unfair means to get their doctrines taught to children.
  • In a very heart searching way, Bunyan reveals the difference between a true Christian who struggles and fights against sin and a false professor who manifests no spiritual transformation.
  • There have been official councils of the church at which professors outnumbered bishops.


Late Middle English: from Latin professor, from profess- 'declared publicly', from the verb profiteri (see profess).



Example sentences
  • It has a very negative impact on the professorate because it tends to lead to viewing professors as technicians or people to fill specific job slots.
  • That is the way the professorate behaves in the post-scientific age.
  • Since the mid-1990s, a raft of research projects has documented the numbers and status of faculty of color in the American professorate.


Pronunciation: /ˌpräfəˈsôrēəl/
Example sentences
  • This scenario poses the question of who owns professorial lectures.
  • In fact, at least for now, universities generally do not assert copyright ownership in professorial works.
  • Britain's universities are on the edge of their professorial chairs.


Pronunciation: /ˌpräfəˈsôrēəlē/
Example sentences
  • ‘It's the idea,’ she said professorially, ‘that government shouldn't care whether business makes silicon or potato chips.’
  • Strolling professorially back and forth across the red-carpeted stage, Bernie laid out his vision for the night's proceedings.
  • ‘I’m not an auditor, I’m not a psychologist, I’m not a doctor,’ Mr Bouton tells the Financial Times, glaring professorially through his rimless glasses.


Pronunciation: /ˌpräfəˈsôrēət/
Example sentences
  • They should be among the questions discussed by graduate students preparing for the professoriate.
  • The existing tenured and tenure-track professoriate cannot reproduce itself in the form of harried part-time faculty.
  • It is from this context that college and university faculty come as they enter the profession of the professoriate.


Example sentences
  • Her career includes professorships at New York State University and the University of California.
  • Two years after a study visit to the USA in 1846, Agassiz accepted a professorship of zoology at Harvard University.
  • The Smiths' gift will be used for endowed chairs, professorships and student scholarships.

Words that rhyme with professor

addresser, aggressor, assessor, compressor, confessor, contessa, depressor, digresser, dresser, guesser, intercessor, lesser, Odessa, oppressor, possessor, represser, successor, transgressor, Vanessa

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