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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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 This upset young Jocelyn, as well as her parents, who angrily phoned the headmaster to protest. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Jocelyn Bell Burnell wins $3 million prize for discovering pulsars," 6 Sep. 2018 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

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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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