pro·​fes·​so·​ri·​at | \ ˌprō-fə-ˈsȯr-ē-ət How to pronounce professoriat (audio) , ˌprä-, -ē-ˌat \
variants: or professoriate \ ˌprō-​fə-​ˈsȯr-​ē-​ət How to pronounce professoriat (audio) , ˌprä-​ , -​ˌāt \

Definition of professoriat

1 : the body of college and university teachers at an institution or in society
2 : the office, duties, or position of a professor

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First Known Use of professoriat

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for professoriat

modification of French professorat, from professeur professor, from Latin professor, from profitēri

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“Professoriat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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