head·mas·ter | \ˈhed-ˌma-stər, -ˈma-\

Definition of headmaster 

: a man heading the staff of a private school : principal

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Other Words from headmaster

headmasterly \ˈhed-ˌma-stər-lē, -ˈma- \ adjective
headmastership \ˈhed-ˌma-stər-ˌship, -ˈma- \ noun

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Former Delbarton headmaster Luke Travers was also named in a lawsuit. Fox News, "Catholic order settles sexual abuse lawsuits," 1 June 2018 The headmaster killed the student by strangulation. Greg Garrison, AL.com, "School violence in Alabama: Was teacher shot in 1856 after strangling student who killed bird?," 15 Feb. 2018 The Dunn School's shelter was built by headmaster Tony Dunn, an Englishman familiar with the horrors of the World War II blitz in London. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "From the Archives: Fallout shelter becomes photo lab," 14 June 2018 At some schools, headmasters have threatened to send names of staff members who didn’t vote to authorities. Washington Post, "Egypt tries to boost voter turnout with incentives, threats," 27 Mar. 2018 They were founded in 2015 by Chris Khaemba, headmaster of Alliance from 1998-2007. The Economist, "Elite private schools are booming in Kenya," 21 June 2018 Thomas Regan, a trustee whose daughter graduated from the school in 2013, was given the Ethel Walker Medal by the school’s headmaster, Dr. Meera Viswanathan. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "The Ethel Walker School Mints 72 New Graduates; Speaker Urges Them To 'Find Your Crew'," 10 June 2018 The headmaster fled to Bangladesh soon after the August killing began. Fox News, "Rohingya say Myanmar targeted the educated in genocide," 5 June 2018 Adams took his place before a green screen looking like the headmaster at rock star school, wearing a flannel over a yellow Batman shirt and donning dark glasses. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Watch Ryan Adams Present the Weather For a Denver TV Station," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of headmaster

1576, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of headmaster

: a man who is the head of a U.S. private school

: a man who is the head of a British school


head·mas·ter | \ˈhed-ˌma-stər \

Kids Definition of headmaster

: a man who heads the staff of a private school

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