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

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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.

Origin and Etymology of docent

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



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