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

Examples of rector in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And another case involves a Loudoun County man in his 40s who tested positive and had attended services at Christ Church in Georgetown, where both the rector and the organist were also diagnosed with the virus. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "D.C. church says health officials expanding self-quarantine recommendation," 11 Mar. 2020 All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills began canceling services March 8 after its rector, the Rev. Janet Broderick, fell ill. Los Angeles Times, "Pentecostal church in Sacramento linked to dozens of coronavirus cases," 2 Apr. 2020 Washington — Health officials in the District of Columbia have urged attendees of a prominent church to self-quarantine after its rector tested positive for the coronavirus. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "D.C. churchgoers urged to self-quarantine after rector diagnosed with coronavirus," 9 Mar. 2020 All Saints’ in Beverly Hills was one of the first large Episcopal churches with a female rector. Los Angeles Times, "Over Lent, this Beverly Hills priest battled coronavirus: ‘I didn’t know what plans Jesus had for me’," 5 Apr. 2020 Over that weekend, more cases emerged, including the first positive test for covid-19 in the District — a rector at a prominent Georgetown church, which has since been connected to several other patients. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "The number of covid-19 cases in the D.C. region is doubling every 48 hours," 13 Mar. 2020 Moroney, who could not be reached for comment, has been reassigned as rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul in Worcester., "Shaken by allegations of sexual wrongdoing at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, the Archdiocese of Boston released an independent report Friday that confirmed instances of inappropriate sexual activity and found that social drinking was frequently encouraged.," 23 Nov. 2019 Early on Christmas morning, the landmark’s rector Patrick Chauvet told the Associated Press there’s a 50 percent chance that the 850-year-old building will not be entirely saved. Darlene Aderoju,, "Why the 'Still Very Fragile' Notre Dame Cathedral May Have '50 Percent Chance' of Being Saved," 26 Dec. 2019 Pasadena on Wednesday reported its first case of and hours later, a Beverly Hills church announced that its rector had also been diagnosed with the virus. Sarah Parvini, Los Angeles Times, "Beverly Hills priest diagnosed with coronavirus; Pasadena sees first case," 12 Mar. 2020

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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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31 May 2020

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“Rector.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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


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