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

Other Words from schoolmaster

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

Examples of schoolmaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bertie’s stint as assistant schoolmaster under a family friend suited him better but ended when the school closed; another round of trials as apprentice pharmacist, draper, and trainee teacher followed. Stephanie Burt, The New Republic, 29 Mar. 2022 In addition, the theater has given Pugh an absolutely marvelous arena in which to recount the tale of eccentric schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and the biggest fright of his life. Matthew J. Palm,, 10 Oct. 2021 However, instead of a schoolmaster, Crane (Johnny Depp) is a New York City police constable investigating several murders in Sleepy Hollow. Patrick Connolly,, 1 Oct. 2021 His father, a schoolmaster, had died while his mother was still pregnant. Thomas Chatterton Williams, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 Gordonstoun School was founded by Kurt Hahn (1886–1974), a charismatic German-Jewish schoolmaster who was expelled from his homeland for his early and fierce criticism of Adolf Hitler. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 9 Apr. 2021 The schoolmaster, a white Englishman named Charles C. Andrews, brought with him from his home country the Lancasterian system to help one or a handful of teachers instruct a class of 500 boys. Bryan Greene, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Feb. 2021 His rimless eyeglasses and charcoal sport coat gave him the air of a serious, but benevolent, schoolmaster. Rory Smith, New York Times, 8 Dec. 2020 What does being the son of a schoolmaster have to do with anything? Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, 30 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of schoolmaster

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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

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