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

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

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The Dirtybird headmaster is also about to hit the road on a 2018 summer/fall tour. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Claude VonStroke Gives Silk City's 'Only Can Get Better' a Tech Upgrade: Listen," 2 July 2018 The country was shocked, in part because Alliance is regarded as one of the country’s top schools, and the headmaster resigned. The Economist, "Elite private schools are booming in Kenya," 21 June 2018 Luke Tennie as Willie Lewis: The son of a famous gangster, he was sent by the headmaster of King's Dominion to recruit Marcus. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About Lana Condor's New Show "Deadly Class"," 4 Jan. 2019 From sword skills to poison making, the kids of Deadly Class are being trained as the world's next leading assassins lead by their no nonsense headmaster, Master Lin. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About Lana Condor's New Show "Deadly Class"," 4 Jan. 2019 Bryan, who came to the all-boys University School a year ago, was either headmaster or head of the upper school at Nichols from 1982 to 2013. Patrick O'donnell, cleveland.com, "University School Headmaster Richard Bryan overlooked "red flags" of inappropriate teacher-student relationships at old school, report says," 9 Jan. 2018 Dever also said a jury should decide whether Benjamin resigned as headmaster of the New Bern school or was pressured into quitting. Emery P. Dalesio, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuit continues against novelist Sparks, school he started," 19 Nov. 2018 And a Board of Trustee member who was a former headmaster has resigned. Fox News, "Boarding school: 7 former staffers sexually abused students," 18 Aug. 2018 Mead was the school’s headmaster from 1971 to 1976. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "At Concord Academy, misconduct claims against former headmaster made public," 17 Apr. 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 How to pronounce headmaster (audio) \

Kids Definition of headmaster

: a man who heads the staff of a private school

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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