head·​mas·​ter ˈhed-ˌma-stər How to pronounce headmaster (audio)
: a man heading the staff of a private school : principal
headmasterly adjective
headmastership noun

Examples of headmaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tool has helped faculty reduce time spent on administrative tasks, the headmaster said. Fox News, 17 Feb. 2024 Harry Potter actor Sir Michael Gambon, who portrayed the beloved Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in multiple films from the franchise, has died at 82. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 28 Sep. 2023 Navigating the tightrope between past and present is Simon Henderson, who eight years ago became, at 39, the youngest headmaster in the school’s history. Emma Bubola, New York Times, 6 July 2023 His college applications were rejected, but the headmaster exerted influence at his own alma mater, Trinity College, and Carlson was admitted. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 22 Jan. 2024 The narrator is Khaled Abd al Hady, the son of a beloved Benghazi headmaster, who comes to the U.K. to study literature at the age of 17. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 5 Jan. 2024 Gambon assumed the role of Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, in the third film in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), after the death of Richard Harris in 2002. Conor Murray, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Reuters reported on a former headmaster at a UNRWA school who helped build rockets for Islamic Jihad while employed by the agency, as well as posts from several UNRWA teachers and administrators celebrating the Oct. 7 attack. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 4 Dec. 2023 Him, my mother, and the headmaster, kinda like a prayer meeting. Anna Deavere Smith, The Atlantic, 13 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1576, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of headmaster was in 1576

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“Headmaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headmaster. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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head·​mas·​ter -ˌmas-tər How to pronounce headmaster (audio)
: a male head of a private school
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