professor

noun
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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Other Words from professor

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 The first coronavirus stimulus bill, the CARES Act, included some funding for public education that covered some of the existing deficits, said Marianno, the Nevada professor. Chabeli Carrazana, USA TODAY, "The classroom and COVID: Teachers say they want to be ‘treated like real people’," 8 Sep. 2020 Christopher Michaelson is the Opus professor of principled leadership and academic director of the Melrose and the Toro Company Center for Principled Leadership in the Opus College of Business. Star Tribune, "Advice on landing a first job in a pandemic," 6 Sep. 2020 Those would be high standards for a family to prove, said Brown, the law professor, even higher than the negligence a plaintiff would normally have to prove in a workplace injury case. Nate Carlisle, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Their dad died after a COVID-19 outbreak at work. Utah has made it difficult for them to sue.," 5 Sep. 2020 Plus, younger children spend much of their time in the classroom getting used to the routines that define their school experience, according to both Bogatin and Lucero, the early childhood professor. oregonlive, "Schools in 17 Oregon counties can open for young children. But many Oregon educators aren’t ready to teach face-to-face," 5 Sep. 2020 But response rates in areas with a lot of hard-to-reach households were 20% below the previous census, according to Ong, the UCLA professor. Theresa Diffendal, The Enquirer, "Ohio matches 2010's Census return rate, despite pandemic and short deadlines," 5 Sep. 2020 The professor, whose Twitter account has since been deleted, had posted on Twitter last week that her coronavirus symptoms had persisted for weeks. Paulina Firozi, Washington Post, "Professor’s death after collapsing in virtual class is a ‘sad reminder that the virus is real,’ friend says," 5 Sep. 2020 But response rates in areas with a lot of hard-to-reach households were 20% below the previous census, according to Ong, the UCLA professor. USA Today, "Census response in poor and minority neighborhoods is undermined by coronavirus," 4 Sep. 2020 But response rates in areas with a lot of hard-to-reach households were 20% below the previous census, according to Ong, the UCLA professor. Theresa Diffendal, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how Michigan ranks on filling out this year's census so far," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of professor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Professor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/professor. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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professor

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How to pronounce professor (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of professor

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

professor

noun
pro·​fes·​sor | \ prə-ˈfe-sər How to pronounce professor (audio) \

Kids Definition of professor

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

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