school·​mas·​ter | \ ˈskül-ˌma-stər How to pronounce schoolmaster (audio) \

Definition of schoolmaster

1 : a man who teaches school
2 : one that disciplines or directs
3 : a reddish-brown edible snapper (Lutjanus apodus) of the tropical Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico

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schoolmasterish \ ˈskül-​ˌma-​stə-​rish How to pronounce schoolmasterish (audio) \ adjective
schoolmasterly adjective

Examples of schoolmaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To torment the village schoolmaster, the rantipoles sneak into his house and load his favorite pipe with gunpowder. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Many Ways of Making Mischief," 7 Feb. 2020 Jesuits worked as schoolmasters in places like China, India, Brazil, the Congo. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "What a Jesuit school in Manila can teach us about the purpose of companies," 16 Dec. 2019 Even more directly, Eliot the schoolmaster continues to influence students of literature. Kevin Dettmar, The New Yorker, "A Hundred Years of T. S. Eliot’s “Tradition and the Individual Talent”," 27 Oct. 2019 The second figure was the schoolmaster himself, of which there were three types: grammatistes, who taught grammar; kitharistes, who taught music; and paidotribes, who taught physical education. Raquel López, National Geographic, "Did sons and daughters get the same education in ancient Greece?," 28 Aug. 2019 The first enslaved African in Massachusetts was the property of the schoolmaster of Harvard. The New York Review of Books, "Alex Carp," 25 Nov. 2018 The schoolmaster was soon detained and the school is shut down, maybe for good.... Monitor Editors, The Christian Science Monitor, "In many ways, Qatar has benefited from its neighbors’ blockade, Qatar’s Arab neighbors should embrace Al Jazeera, Iran’s #MeToo moment begins, To turn plastic pollution awareness into change, we must act, Every one of us should refuse what we can’t reuse," 16 June 2018 After being prompted by his mom and dad to venture into the barn, Sabastian quickly returns, overcome with joy at the sight of Tom, the family's new 13-year-old schoolmaster pony. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Little Boy Cries With Joy After Meeting the Pony He's Been Saving For," 18 Oct. 2016 An aged schoolmaster, Dr. Wagner, sweet-natured and a bit of a bore, comes every day to tutor young Peter. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Walter Kempowski’s Epic Novel of Germany in Collapse," 21 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of schoolmaster

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Schoolmaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of schoolmaster

old-fashioned : a man who teaches in a school


school·​mas·​ter | \ ˈskül-ˌma-stər How to pronounce schoolmaster (audio) \

Kids Definition of schoolmaster

: a man who is in charge of a school or teaches in a school

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