noun prae·lec·tor \prēˈlektə(r)\
variants: less commonly



Definition of praelector



  1. 1 :  a reader, lecturer, or professor in a college or university

  2. 2 :  a college officer (as in Cambridge University) in charge of presenting members of the college to the university for matriculation and graduation

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Origin and Etymology of praelector

New Latin, from Late Latin praelector one that reads aloud and expounds upon an author, from Latin praelectus (past participle of praelegere to read aloud and expound) + -or — more at prelect

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