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docent

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noun do·cent \ˈdō-sənt, dō(t)-ˈsent\

Definition of docent

  1. 1 :  a college or university teacher or lecturer

  2. 2 :  a person who leads guided tours especially through a museum or art gallery



Origin and Etymology of docent

obsolete German (now Dozent), from Latin docent-, docens, present participle of docēre


First Known Use: 1880


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