pro·​fes·​sor | \ prə-ˈfe-sər \

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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Other Words from professor

professorial \ ˌprō-​fə-​ˈsȯr-​ē-​əl , ˌprä-​ \ adjective
professorially \ -​ē-​ə-​lē \ adverb
professorship \ prə-​ˈfe-​sər-​ˌship \ noun

Examples of professor in a Sentence

Professor Williams will be teaching the class.

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Built by longtime University of Tennessee architecture professor William Starke Shell, the 1,600-square-foot home features a flat roof, 40-by-40 steel beams, and huge glass panels. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 11 best midcentury modern homes of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 So this advisory doesn’t have any legal force, Micah Berman, a professor of health services management and policy at The Ohio State University, tells The Verge in an email. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "What it means that the Surgeon General now calls vaping an ‘epidemic’," 18 Dec. 2018 That doesn’t change if the perpetrator is your favorite actress, activist or professor of any gender. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Our Reaction to Asia Argento Proves the Power Imbalance of #MeToo," 24 Aug. 2018 Social media has enormously helped boost the signal on programs like Miles 4 Migrants, and earlier this week a tweet by University of Michigan Law School professor Beth Wilensky went viral. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Use Your Air Miles to Help Families Separated at the Border," 8 Aug. 2018 That number is likely to jump in the wake of the Missouri jury’s decision, said Elizabeth Burch, a University of Georgia law professor who teaches about mass-tort law. Jef Feeley And Margaret Cronin Fisk,, "Johnson & Johnson’s $4.69 billion talc verdict may open floodgates to more suits," 14 July 2018 Many of the professors teaching in China earned Ph. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "U.S. Grip on the Market for Higher Education Is Slipping," 20 Dec. 2018 There are lots of reasons to think that the health law professors will end up being right in their predictions. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Is the new Obamacare lawsuit headed to the Supreme Court?," 17 Dec. 2018 Blasey Ford has had to move houses four times, the professor has received death threats, and has hired private security to help protect her family since coming forward with her accusations in mid-September. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Christine Blasey Ford Is Donating Her GoFundMe Money To Sexual Assault Survivors," 26 Nov. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of professor

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

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