truant officer


Definition of truant officer

: a person employed by a public-school system to investigate the continued absences of pupils

called also attendance officer, truancy officer

Examples of truant officer in a Sentence

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First Known Use of truant officer

1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Truant officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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