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 professor (audio) \ noun

Examples of professor in a Sentence

Professor Williams will be teaching the class.
Recent Examples on the Web Mueller, also an adjunct professor of political science at Ohio State University, wisely anticipates your skepticism. Washington Post, "An incomplete thesis on the cancellation of war," 2 Apr. 2021 Selby Bush is the acting head of corporate affairs at BHP, specializing in petroleum, and an adjunct professor at the GW Graduate School of Political Management. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, "A conversation on US energy policy and the effects of climate change," 1 Apr. 2021 Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the backlog could be cleared within a week, said Laleh Khalili, an international politics professor at Queen Mary University of London. NBC News, "Suez Canal is open again, but impact of Ever Given saga will be felt for some time," 30 Mar. 2021 The guest judge is Steven Ziebarth, an art professor from Baldwin Wallace University. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Creative Space Avon bringing back art to the community," 29 Mar. 2021 When an Ohio religion and philosophy professor sued his university in 2018, a federal judge dismissed the case. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "In scathing opinion, appeals court sides with Ohio professor in transgender student pronoun case," 29 Mar. 2021 For a while, one was Ross Miller, an English professor at the University of Connecticut. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "The Secrets Philip Roth Didn’t Keep," 22 Mar. 2021 Still, Ryan Buyco, an Asian-American studies professor at Colorado College said the Atlanta incident is part of a centuries-long legacy of anti-Asian discrimination, sexism and sexualization. Desiree Stennett,, "Asian Americans in Central Florida raise hate-crime concerns after spa shooting, increased anti-Chinese sentiment," 22 Mar. 2021 Rachel Hardeman, an associate U professor renowned for her research on reproductive health equity, will lead this new center. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, "Finding new solutions for racial health gaps," 21 Mar. 2021

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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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