professor

noun
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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Other Words from professor

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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Steven Attewell, a Song of Ice and Fire blogger (and professor at CUNY), also pointed out on Tumblr that the Starks were buried with iron swords, which could mean they're already set and ready to defend their heirs. Glamour, "This 'Game of Thrones' Fan Theory About Winterfell's Crypts Is Actually Optimistic," 27 Apr. 2019 Jacob Chol, senior political analyst and professor at the University of Juba, told The Associated Press. Sam Mednick, The Seattle Times, "Sudan’s upheaval brings fears for South Sudan’s peace deal," 12 Apr. 2019 There used to be a fairly stable tradition of war, says John E. Jackson, a retired Navy captain and professor at the Naval War College. Angela Chen, The Verge, "A retired Navy captain explains how drones will shape the future of war," 5 Dec. 2018 Likewise, Judy Muller, a former ABC correspondent and current journalism professor at the University of Southern California, also told the publication that Megyn likely won't be okay with disappearing or retiring right away. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What's Going to Happen to Megyn Kelly Now That NBC Canceled Her 'Today' Hour?," 6 Nov. 2018 Stroeve is now a professor at University College London, and a senior scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Hans Aschim, Harper's BAZAAR, "Three Women in Science Who Broke the Glass Ceiling," 5 Oct. 2018 Enrico Moretti, an economics professor at the University of California-Berkeley, has estimated that in addition to new Amazon employees, HQ2 could bring up to 250,000 additional indirect jobs to the winning city. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 winner appears to be both New York and Crystal City, Virginia," 6 Nov. 2018 Consistent with our unwavering commitment to academic freedom, the opinions of an individual professor do not reflect the views of the university or its leadership. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "Northeastern distancing itself from professor who said women have right to ‘hate men’ because they’ve ‘done us wrong’," 2 Oct. 2018 Chief Executive David Barnett, a former philosophy professor in Boulder, Colo., began developing the product in 2010. David Pierce, WSJ, "A $10 Accessory Proves Smartphones Are Too Big," 17 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of professor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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professor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of professor

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

professor

noun
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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