pro·​fes·​sor prə-ˈfe-sər How to pronounce professor (audio)
: one that professes, avows, or declares
: a faculty member of the highest academic rank at an institution of higher education
: a teacher at a university, college, or sometimes secondary school
: one that teaches or professes special knowledge of an art, sport, or occupation requiring skill
professorship noun

Examples of professor in a Sentence

Professor Williams will be teaching the class.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of professor was in the 14th century

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“Professor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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pro·​fes·​sor prə-ˈfes-ər How to pronounce professor (audio)
: a teacher especially of the highest rank at a college or university
ˌprō-fə-ˈsōr-ē-əl How to pronounce professor (audio)
professorially adverb
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