pro·fes·sor | \prə-ˈfe-sər \

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

professorial \ˌprō-fə-ˈsȯr-ē-əl, ˌprä- \ adjective
professorially \-ē-ə-lē \ adverb
professorship \prə-ˈfe-sər-ˌship \ noun

Examples of professor in a Sentence

Professor Williams will be teaching the class.

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An amateur radio operator (WA4YDK), Elliot was a computer science professor, a Cooper City City Commissioner & avid rollerblader., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/14," 14 July 2018 The senators supported the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, a former Notre Dame law professor, to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Hammond federal judge Rudy Lozano, 76, dies," 13 July 2018 That sense of responsibility to the court and Constitution may have been cultivated from a young age by her parents: Her father was a law professor, and her mother a judge. Kristen Chick, The Christian Science Monitor, "By staying on the job, Poland's top judge fights the right-wing government," 13 July 2018 Hemp has been used for many things, including ropes, sails and cloth, according to Cecilia Hillard is a professor and director of the Neuroscience Research Center for the Medical College of Wisconsin. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Six things you might be asking about hemp," 13 July 2018 Native American reservations lean Democratic, as do Hispanics in rural California, middle-class black professionals in suburban Atlanta and white college professors in Iowa. The Economist, "The L wordWho is a Democrat?," 12 July 2018 Steinmetz was among an estimated 500 college professors nationwide who lost their jobs during the McCarthy era, many of them blacklisted for years afterward., "July 7, 1955: Steinmetz called Communist at hearing," 7 July 2018 During Warren's hotly contested Senate bid in Massachusetts in 2012, The Boston Herald uncovered a 1996 student newspaper article quoting a Harvard Law School spokesman who boasted that Warren, who was a professor, was Native American. NBC News, "Fact check: Trump wants Warren to prove her Native American heritage. Could she?," 6 July 2018 Edge Kanyongolo, a law professor at University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, said by phone from the southern town of Zomba. Michael Cohen,, "Malawi Leader Defends Anti-Graft Record After Ally's Rebuke," 28 June 2018

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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


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Kids Definition of professor

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

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