rector

noun rec·tor \ ˈrek-tər \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of rector

1 : one that directs : leader
2 a : 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

rectorate

play \ˈrek-t(ə-)rət\ noun

rectorial

play \rek-ˈtȯr-ē-əl\ adjective

rectorship

play \ˈrek-tər-ˌship\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of rector

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

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RECTOR Defined for English Language Learners

rector

noun

Definition of rector for English Language Learners

  • : a priest or minister who is in charge of a church or parish

  • : a person who is in charge of a university or school


RECTOR Defined for Kids

rector

noun rec·tor \ ˈrek-tər \

Definition of rector for Students

: pastor


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