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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Other Words from headmaster

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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In the lawsuit, filed in 2014, Benjamin claims that Sparks told parents of students that the then-headmaster was mentally ill. Michael Schaub, latimes.com, "‘The Notebook’ author Nicholas Sparks tried to ban LGBTQ club at school he co-founded, lawsuit claims," 14 June 2019 In Bangladesh earlier this year, Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 19, was burned to death at her school after telling police her headmaster had fondled her. Washington Post, "An Indonesian woman recorded lewd calls from her boss. Now she’s going to jail while he walks free.," 6 July 2019 And Barr’s father was the headmaster of an elite New York City school that hired college dropout Epstein to teach math and physics. Joyce White Vance, Time, "William Barr Is the Wrong Person to Lead the Jeffrey Epstein Investigation," 15 Aug. 2019 He was reportedly hired by then-headmaster Donald Barr, father of Attorney General William Barr, according to Newsweek. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "Who is Jeffrey Epstein? Facts about the wealthy financier facing child sex trafficking charges," 11 July 2019 These twins had shared everything since birth — clothes, education, farm and the Quaker school in Providence, R.I., where Albert was then headmaster, and would continue to do so all their lives. Karl Zimmermann, Los Angeles Times, "Quaker twin brothers, a magical New York resort and why it mattered in Redlands," 3 Aug. 2019 The evidence — a series of emails between Sparks and the school’s headmaster, Saul Benjamin — seems pretty damning, as is the timing: June is Pride Month, and also the 15th anniversary of The Notebook, which first hit theaters on June 25, 2004. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Did Nicholas Sparks Kill The Notebook? Or, Was It Always Doomed?," 25 June 2019 Epstein taught at the prestigious Dalton School in New York in the 1970s, and was hired by Donald Barr, the headmaster and father of current Attorney General William Barr. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "Author James Patterson on Jeffrey Epstein: "This is a story about justice breaking down"," 9 July 2019 Former Hotchkiss School headmaster Arthur White used to have a standard comment to parents during Welcome Day at the start of the school year. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Federal judge’s ruling moves former Hotchkiss School student’s sexual abuse lawsuit toward trial," 9 July 2019

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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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