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.
Recent Examples on the Web Maria Haberfeld, a professor of police science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, said nearly 90% of police department budgets go to paying personnel, including salaries and overtime. Sonia Moghe, Ray Sanchez And Mark Morales, CNN, "As US cities cut police budgets, the nation's largest force faces financial reckoning," 27 June 2020 David Grabowski, a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, proposes a wholesale restructuring of the nursing-homes industry. Rose Eveleth, Wired, "It's Time for an End-of-Life Discussion About Nursing Homes," 26 June 2020 Arnold Monto, professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School for Public Health, says that in addition to enforcement, state officials must clearly communicate what's expected of residents and lead by example. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, "No turning back for Florida, Texas? Why the next two weeks are 'critical' for US, Fauci warns," 25 June 2020 For this reason, people who sweat excessively are more prone to heat rash, Andrew Alexis, MD, MPH, professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai in New York, tells Health. Maggie O'neill,, "Heat Rash Treatments You Should Know About, According to Dermatologists," 25 June 2020 The link between a specific deficit and the ability to practice safely often depends on a physician’s specialty, said William Perry, a neuropsychologist and professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Lola Butcher, Quartz, "Doctors are suing over age-based screening requirements," 25 June 2020 Some should reconsider, said Ali Mokdad, professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington. Jonathan Levin, Fortune, "As hospitalizations hit new records and states impose quarantines, businesses reconsider reopening," 25 June 2020 Among those witnesses was Ronnie Dunn, a longtime professor of urban studies at Cleveland State University. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohio Senate resumes hearings on resolution declaring racism a public health crisis," 24 June 2020 Steve Sanders, a professor of law at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law, said there are no laws that would prohibit Catholic schools in Indiana from discriminating against transgender students. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Policy may bar transgender students from Catholic schools in central and southern Indiana," 24 June 2020

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First Known Use of professor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Professor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of professor

: a teacher especially of the highest rank at a college or university


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: a teacher especially of the highest rank at a college or university

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