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

Other Words from rector

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

Examples of rector in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The church’s rector, The Rev. John Burruss, is currently in Greece on a church pilgrimage. Carol Robinson |, al, 16 June 2022 The pet blessing was officiated by the Rev. Kristin Saylor, rector of St. Lawrence Episcopal Church in Libertyville, and Deacon George Kashmar of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Libertyville. Karie Angell Luc, Chicago Tribune, 11 July 2022 Her co-author, the rector of Moscow State University, Viktor Sadovnichy, did not return a request for comment. New York Times, 13 May 2022 During Monday's opening ceremony, Mary Vano, the congregation's rector, welcomed her young guests and their parents, recounting the words of Jesus on the night before his crucifixion. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 2 July 2022 Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts rector Oleksandr Soboliev is now living in Lviv and working out of an office at the academy. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2022 Planning for the event began last winter of this calendar year, said Rev. Kathryn Banakis of Albany Park, head pastor and rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, also one of several event co-organizers. Karie Angell Luc, Chicago Tribune, 13 June 2022 The writers and the di rector try to force a little too much into the story, often just to lend unnecessary sympathy to the brash, bold central character. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 The former vice-rector of Slovakia’s military academy was also charged with betraying his country to Russia for money. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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: pastor

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