head·​mas·​ter | \ ˈhed-ˌma-stər How to pronounce headmaster (audio) , -ˈma- \

Definition of headmaster

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

Other Words from headmaster

headmasterly \ ˈhed-​ˌma-​stər-​lē How to pronounce headmaster (audio) , -​ˈma-​ \ adjective
headmastership \ ˈhed-​ˌma-​stər-​ˌship How to pronounce headmaster (audio) , -​ˈma-​ \ noun

Examples of headmaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The future Hogwarts headmaster must stop his nemesis and former lover, but a pact made decades ago prevents the two from directly fighting each other. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Apr. 2022 Two vicious step-siblings of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to deflower the new headmaster’s daughter before the start of term. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 1 Apr. 2022 It is set in a high school where students learn from the evil headmaster, a bear, that the only way to graduate is to kill a peer. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2022 After the death of the academy’s headmaster, John McManamey, a photo of his daughter, Gertrude, was found that shows her sitting beneath a painting with what appears to be Still Life’s wooden frame. Antonia Mufarech, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Apr. 2022 Raymond is headmaster of the non-denominational Lakeside Christian School in Slidell. Greg Hilburn, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2022 Mikkelsen plays opposite Jude Law, who stars as Grindewald’s former lover, Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2022 But devotees will likely adore the various revelations in store, including a deeper commitment to the tragic love story between beloved Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and the wizard determined to settle a score with Muggle-kind. Peter Debruge, Variety, 5 Apr. 2022 Koble would be the school's headmaster and one of the teachers. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of headmaster

1576, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2022

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“Headmaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headmaster. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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head·​mas·​ter | \ ˈhed-ˌma-stər How to pronounce headmaster (audio) \

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: a man who heads the staff of a private school


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