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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Other Words from schoolmaster

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

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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 Paul Bettany plays Osborne, an older officer and former schoolmaster, admired by all, who’s called Sir by his subordinates and Uncle by his peers. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Journey’s End’ Review: A Small Beauty About the Great War," 15 Mar. 2018 Both William and the schoolmaster then escorted the stoic George to his classroom. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See an Adorable Yet Apprehensive Prince George Arrive For His First Day of School," 7 Sep. 2017 Armed with a quill pen and conveniently disguised as a schoolmaster, the 21-year-old infiltrated the British encampment in Manhattan in September 1776 for several days and gathered intelligence on the British troops. Caitlin Fitz, WSJ, "Lives Lost for Their Countries," 11 July 2017 Harvard University (whose first schoolmaster, Nathaniel Eaton, was a slave owner) didn't allow women to receive degrees there until 1963 — 327 years after Harvard was established. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "Colleges and Universities are Becoming Less White, and Republicans Like Them Less," 20 July 2017

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First Known Use of schoolmaster

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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