noun \ˈrek-tər\

: a priest or minister who is in charge of a church or parish

: a person who is in charge of a university or school

Full Definition of RECTOR

:  one that directs :  leader
a :  a member of the clergy (as of the Protestant Episcopal Church) in charge of a parish
b :  an incumbent of a Church of England benefice in full possession of its rights
c :  a Roman Catholic priest directing a church with no pastor or one whose pastor has other duties
:  the head of a university or school
rec·tor·ate \-t(ə-)rət\ noun
rec·to·ri·al \rek-ˈtr-ē-əl\ adjective
rec·tor·ship \ˈrek-tər-ˌship\ noun

Origin of RECTOR

Middle English, from Latin, from regere to direct — more at right
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

Rhymes with RECTOR


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