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 professoriate (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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Recent Examples on the Web Schuman’s bildungsromanchannels the weltschmerz of a former wunderkind rejected by the professoriat and exiled to the creative lumpenproletariat. Gabriel Roth, Slate Magazine, "A conversation with Rebecca Schuman about German humor, Kafka, and her new book Schadenfreude: A Love Story.," 16 Feb. 2017

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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 22 Feb. 2020.

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