docent

noun
do·​cent | \ ˈdō-sᵊnt How to pronounce docent (audio) , dō(t)-ˈsent How to pronounce docent (audio) \

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

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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.

Examples of docent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Join docent Leo Pigaty’s virtual tour which will highlight some of the museum’s permanent collection. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 12 Mar. 2021 Trained in art history, Ms. Mondale, who died in 2014 at 83, was active in fund-raising for the arts, wrote a book on art for children and worked as a docent at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. New York Times, "Walter Mondale, Ex-Vice President and Champion of Liberal Politics, Dies at 93," 19 Apr. 2021 The greenery might not have a more impressive docent than Gorman. Doreen St. Félix, Vogue, "The Rise and Rise of Amanda Gorman," 7 Apr. 2021 Lucie discusses her academic project, and her work as a docent in a memorial center for deportees, in terms of a rational devotion to remembering the misdeeds of history in order not to repeat them. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Best of the Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts," 6 Apr. 2021 Join docent Leo Pigaty’s virtual tour which will highlight some of the museum’s permanent collection. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 12 Mar. 2021 Join docent Leo Pigaty’s virtual tour which will highlight some of the museum’s permanent collection. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 12 Mar. 2021 Join docent Leo Pigaty’s virtual tour which will highlight some of the museum’s permanent collection. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 4 Mar. 2021 In 2013, Lynn Buonviri, a retired database administrator and docent at the Samuel Mudd House, decided to do some proper research. Washington Post, "In Leonardtown, Md., final recognition for a ‘witch’ who died 300 years ago," 1 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of docent

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for docent

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

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11 May 2021

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“Docent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/docent. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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