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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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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Poulson wrote the letter, gathered signatures from sympathizers, and sent it to Stanford professors Fei-Fei Li and John Etchemendy. Wired, "Planned Eric Schmidt Talk at AI Conference Draws Protest," 3 Sep. 2019 In 2004, archaeology professor Robert Muckle was alerted to a site within the forests of British Columbia’s North Shore mountains, where a few old cans and a sawblade had been discovered. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Hidden Japanese Settlement Found in Forests of British Columbia," 3 Sep. 2019 Eric Abrahamson, a Columbia business professor who studies management trends, distinguishes between fads and fashions. Oliver Staley, Quartz at Work, "Whatever happened to Six Sigma?," 3 Sep. 2019 In response, Lori dispatched priests who criticized the group for not being orthodox enough, said Joe O’Callaghan, a Fordham University history professor who was a member of the organization. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "W.Va. scandal muddies legacy of Vatican’s longtime fixer from Baltimore," 2 Sep. 2019 Beneath a covered walkway adjacent to the pavilion, two UTPB professors had set up an impromptu T-shirt screening press. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Odessa and neighboring Midland vow to heal in face of a day filled with 'the best and worst of humanity'," 1 Sep. 2019 In 1889, Patty and Mildred teamed up to write songs for children, as George Washington University law professor Robert Brauneis explains in a paper (paywall) about the song’s complicated legal history. Sarah Todd, Quartzy, "The necessary vulnerability of celebrating your birthday as an adult," 30 Aug. 2019 AUSTIN -- Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey landed a new role: University of Texas professor. Dallas News, "Professor Matthew McConaughey: Oscar-winning actor to teach at University of Texas," 28 Aug. 2019 New York Times columnist Bret Stephens shattered to pieces because a university professor jokingly compared him to a bedbug. Rex Huppke,, "Column: Bret Stephens, Donald Trump and the epidemic of male fragility," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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