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

Other Words from professor

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

Examples of professor in a Sentence

Professor Williams will be teaching the class.
Recent Examples on the Web According to local professor and researcher Rosanna Zaffuto, Caltanissetta was once a strategic outpost, as well as one of the greatest Arab centers in Sicily. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 13 May 2022 Asking for an enforceable contract might also give employers the chance to ask for something in return, said Sharon Block, professor of practice and executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. Danielle Abril, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Philip Jefferson, a economics professor and dean at Davidson College in North Carolina, has also been nominated by Biden for a governor slot and was approved unanimously by the Finance Committee. Christopher Rugaber, Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2022 The public should be able to take comfort in the continuity of the monarchy, said Robert Hazell, a professor of government and the constitution at University College London. Danica Kirka, ajc, 10 May 2022 The public should be able to take comfort in the continuity of the monarchy, said Robert Hazell, a professor of government and the constitution at University College London. Danica Kirka, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 Anand Kumar is a geriatric psychiatrist, professor and head of the department of psychiatry at the University of Illinois Chicago, and past president of American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. Anand Kumar, STAT, 9 May 2022 Lump replaces former EIC Susan Goldberg, who left the post to become vice dean and professor at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Todd Spangler, Variety, 5 May 2022 According to Rebecca Kelly, a fashion historian and professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, this design also nods to the over-the-top nature of the time. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of professor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

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“Professor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/professor. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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