- 1(In the Church of England) the incumbent of a parish where all tithes formerly passed to the incumbent. Compare with vicar.More example sentences
- The farmers now decided that they should also get some relief in their Tithe payments and deputations went to the rectors in the parish.
- Tickets are available from the rector, church wardens and the parish office.
- The eldest son is the rector of four conjoined parishes nearby.
- 1.1(In other Anglican Churches) a member of the clergy who has charge of a parish.More example sentences
- ‘The font was used to baptise Dr Kathleen Lynn; her father was the Anglican rector of the parish in 1874,’ pointed out a local.
- According to the bishop of London the Anglican rector of South Hackney helped create the shrines, which were visited by the Queen in 1917.
- The Reverend William Matheus, another member, was assistant rector at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, a bulwark of progressive social causes.
- 1.2(In the Roman Catholic Church) a priest in charge of a church or of a religious institution.More example sentences
- When the site is fully restored, the local rector Rev Lynda Peilow and the Roman Catholic priest Fr Gerard O'Byrne will hold a ceremony and remaining family members of those buried there will be invited to attend.
- 2The head of certain universities, colleges, and schools.More example sentences
- The responsibilities of university rectors and senior administrators are not clearly defined.
- A former rector of the college, he said: ‘At the moment, we do not feel under threat from that direction.’
- The university rector was appointed for four years by the minister of education and was subordinate to the curator of his educational district.
- 2.1(In Scotland) an elected representative of students on a university’s governing body.More example sentences
- Both have been nominated by students as potential rectors of St Andrews University in Scotland.
- The rector is the senior representative for the university's 17,000 students and chairs the University Court, which is the governing body for the whole university.
- Brown, with his trademark long hair and tweed jackets, had undertaken a well organised campaign to be elected rector, a post unique to Scottish universities.
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- A rectorial election is a peculiarly Scottish institution.
- The protagonists of the story were real students of the time, and the cause of their dispute - a heated argument between the rival camps during a rectorial election - is all too plausible.
- The perceived wisdom is that the Young Toffs supported Neil's rectorial campaign.
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- Two people remain in the running for the rectorship of the University of Indonesia after its board of trustees dropped two candidates during a vote on Monday.
- Another kind of glory was the opening, during Morgan's rectorship, of The Free Chapel at Prince and Thompson Streets to serve the poor.
- As well as the rectorship, Ruffini held a chair of applied mathematics, a chair of practical medicine and a chair of clinical medicine in the University of Modena.
late Middle English: from Latin rector 'ruler', from rect- 'ruled', from the verb regere.
More definitions of rectorDefinition of rector in:
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