Definition of docent
1 : a college or university teacher or lecturer
2 : a person who leads guided tours especially through a museum or art gallery
Recent Examples of docent from the Web
McGill, 55 years old and African American, is a preservationist and plantation museum docent from the Charleston area.
Docents will give tours of the grounds from noon to 4 p.m.
The museum visit will be shaped at every step by oral histories of a multitude of current and former residents that the NPHM has collected over the last decade—whether told through audio installations or as part of the script of docents' tours.
Assist with food service and rummage sale or be a docent for Antique Tractor & Machinery Show on Juyly 15-16 at Pioneer Village.
The Hays House will be open for tours beginning at 9 a.m., with guests guided by docents in period costumes through Bel Air's oldest house.
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum’s family tours Led by junior docents.
Visitors can explore the grand rooms of the mansion, and the upstairs suites, or take the evening tour, complete with docents dressed in period clothes, to see the estate come alive at night.
In her role as docent of Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, Mrs. Dockens was a knowledgeable resource about the documents housed in its archives.
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Did You Know?
The title of docent is used in many countries for what Americans would call an associate professor—that is, a college or university teacher who has been given tenure but hasn't yet achieved the rank of full professor. But in the U.S. a docent is a guide who works at a museum, a historical site, or even a zoo or a park. Docents are usually volunteers, and their services are often free of charge.
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