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
Her father Jim Healey has served as a docent for 11 years, giving tours of the adobe.
The docents pointed Jessie to the John Singer Sargent painting by the same name, Jared’s favorite piece.
Attendees can view the names of those local military men and women inscribed onto 10 marble tablets housed at the venue, with docents at the ready to answer questions throughout the tour.
Teshaieva spent four years documenting families in unfinished houses, docents at empty museums, and youngsters playing in the desert dust.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of docent
obsolete German (now Dozent), from Latin docent-, docens, present participle of docēre —see docile
First Known Use: 1880
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