pro·​fes·​so·​ri·​at ˌprō-fə-ˈsȯr-ē-ət How to pronounce professoriat (audio)
variants or professoriate
ˌprō-fə-ˈsȯr-ē-ət How to pronounce professoriat (audio)
: the body of college and university teachers at an institution or in society
: the office, duties, or position of a professor

Examples of professoriat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The professoriat has struggled to demonstrate a connection between the skills cultivated in literature classrooms and those required by the professional-managerial jobs that many students are destined for. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 16 Jan. 2023 Schuman’s bildungsromanchannels the weltschmerz of a former wunderkind rejected by the professoriat and exiled to the creative lumpenproletariat. Gabriel Roth, Slate Magazine, 16 Feb. 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of professoriat was in 1856

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“Professoriat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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