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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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 Ford, who is a college professor in California, had previously asked through her lawyers that the FBI to investigate her claim. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Brett Kavanaugh's Latest Defense Against Sexual Assault Allegations? Virginity.," 25 Sep. 2018 Stanford University computer science professor Fei-Fei Li worries about the lack of diversity in artificial intelligence development. Francesco Marconi, WSJ, "AI Pioneer Fei-Fei Li on Building Benevolent Machines," 18 Mar. 2019 Tim Baber, professor of manufacturing technology at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California, echoes that. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 Bader, an avowed fan of their professor, was quite impressed. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Late Husband, Marty, Helped Her Reach Her Potential," 23 Feb. 2019 Hans van Leeuwen, a retired professor of theoretical physics who has recently published a mathematical explanation of ice skating, said. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 Get ready to ask your current professors/school professionals for letters of recommendation and the office of records and registration for an official school transcript. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "How To Transfer Colleges When You Think You Want To Switch Schools," 27 Dec. 2018 Northeastern University researchers led by computer science professor David Choffnes recently determined that Sprint was throttling Skype. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "How a phone app detected Sprint’s alleged throttling of Skype," 29 Nov. 2018

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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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