pro·​fes·​sor | \ prə-ˈfe-sər How to pronounce professor (audio) \

Definition of professor

1 : one that professes, avows, or declares
2a : a faculty member of the highest academic rank at an institution of higher education
b : a teacher at a university, college, or sometimes secondary school
c : one that teaches or professes special knowledge of an art, sport, or occupation requiring skill

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professorship \ prə-​ˈfe-​sər-​ˌship How to pronounce professorship (audio) \ noun

Examples of professor in a Sentence

Professor Williams will be teaching the class.

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My parents bought it on my father’s salary as a professor at Cal State Northridge. Robin Abcarian,, "Every California family has an earthquake story. Mine is embarrassing but true," 9 July 2019 In Cook County, a single person working full time must earn $13.54 an hour to pay for basic needs, according to a living wage calculator developed by a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "Dining out could get more expensive as a higher minimum wage forces restaurants to raise prices," 9 July 2019 Suzanne Eaton, 59, was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute of molecular cell biology and genetics and a professor at Dresden Technical University in Germany. Ashley Mcbride,, "American biologist and Oakland native found dead on Crete," 9 July 2019 Todd Ely, a municipal finance professor at the University of Colorado-Denver, compares minibonds to World War II-era war bonds, with a local twist. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "How a Blockchain Could Help Roll Out Berkeley’s Next Fire Truck," 9 July 2019 Jeannie Suk Gersen is a contributing writer to The New Yorker and a professor at Harvard Law School. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "The End of the Gay-Panic Legal Defense," 8 July 2019 Susan Long, a professor at Syracuse University and co-director of TRAC, said available data on asylum grant-and-denial rates do not accurately reflect how many individuals are granted asylum. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "Fact Check: Sen. Martha McSally says 90% of asylum cases are 'not legitimate'," 6 July 2019 Zuckerberg discussed the board and its role in a video conversation with Jenny Martinez, Dean of Stanford Law School and Noah Feldman, a professor at Harvard Law and adviser on the oversight board. Larry Magid, The Mercury News, "Magid: Facebook changes nature of corporate decision-making," 5 July 2019 And yet, the cache of K-Pop could be worth it, said Dr. Jung-Bong Choi, a professor at Hong Kong Baptist University who studies the globalization of South Korean pop culture. August Brown, Detroit Free Press, "K-Pop is storming U.S. record biz, but can it fully cross over?," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of professor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of professor

: a teacher especially of the highest rank at a college or university


pro·​fes·​sor | \ prə-ˈfe-sər How to pronounce professor (audio) \

Kids Definition of professor

: a teacher especially of the highest rank at a college or university

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