rector

noun
rec·​tor | \ ˈrek-tər How to pronounce rector (audio) \

Definition of rector

1 : one that directs : leader
2a : a member of the clergy (as of the Protestant Episcopal Church) in charge of a parish
b : an incumbent of a Church of England benefice in full possession of its rights
c : a Roman Catholic priest directing a church with no pastor or one whose pastor has other duties
3 : the head of a university or school

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Other Words from rector

rectorate \ ˈrek-​t(ə-​)rət How to pronounce rectorate (audio) \ noun
rectorial \ rek-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce rectorial (audio) \ adjective
rectorship \ ˈrek-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce rectorship (audio) \ noun

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Father Nyein, 29, is an Episcopal priest and serves as the associate rector of Grace Church. New York Times, "Michael Waterson, Zachary Nyein," 24 June 2018 Along the way, Wili and Miller made many friends and the rector hoped to tap into that well for the current drive. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Covington priest takes off on televangelist Jesse Duplantis' $54 million drive to buy jet," 31 May 2018 Hebrew University has thrown its support behind Alqasem, with the rector, Prof. Fox News, "US graduate student detained in Israel for alleged pro-Palestinian boycott support," 9 Oct. 2018 Her first wedding was presided over by longtime St. Louis Cathedral rector Pere Antoine. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "Marie Laveau, Voodoo queen of New Orleans: 1 of 300," 13 Feb. 2018 Among those at the event was the Rev. Alison Quin, rector of Christ the King Episcopal Church in Stone Ridge, New York. David Crary, The Seattle Times, "Episcopal Church confronts past role in sexual exploitation," 15 Oct. 2018 The decree eliminates the need for university presidents, or rectors, to be selected from among professors. Cagan Koc, BostonGlobe.com, "Erdogan diminishes requirements for top posts in Turkey," 11 July 2018 In 1990 voters in Peru found one in Alberto Fujimori, an obscure former university rector. The Economist, "The price of electing saviours in Latin America," 27 June 2018 Earlier this year, Steve Carlsen, dean and rector at Christ Church Cathedral and member of the Indianapolis Congregation Action Network served chaired and gave opening remarks at a Faith in Indiana event in support of Dreamers and DACA. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about Indianapolis' Christ Church Cathedral that put Jesus in a cage," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of rector

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rector

Middle English, from Latin, from regere to direct — more at right

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rector

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rector

: a priest or minister who is in charge of a church or parish
chiefly British : a person who is in charge of a university or school

rector

noun
rec·​tor | \ ˈrek-tər How to pronounce rector (audio) \

Kids Definition of rector

: pastor

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