American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who delivers lectures, especially professionally.
- n. A member of the faculty of a college or university usually having qualified status without rank or tenure.
- n. A faculty member ranking below an assistant professor.
- n. The academic rank held by such a faculty member.
- n. Chiefly British A university teacher, especially one ranking next below a reader.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who reads or pronounces lectures; a professor or other instructor who delivers formal discourses for the instruction of others.
- n. In the Ch. of Eng., one of a class of preachers not rectors, vicars, or curates, chosen in some parishes by the vestry or chief inhabitants of the parish, with the consent of the incumbent, and supported by voluntary subscriptions and legacies. Lecturers usually preach at evening prayer on Sunday, and sometimes officiate on some stated day during the week.
- n. In English and American colonial history, a person appointed by municipal or parish authority to deliver a periodical lecture, usually on Sundays or market-days.
- n. A person who gives lectures, especially as a profession.
- n. A member of a university or college below the rank of assistant professor or reader.
- n. dated A member of the Church of England clergy whose main task was to deliver sermons (lectures) in the afternoons and evenings.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who lectures; an assistant preacher.
- n. someone who lectures professionally
- n. a public lecturer at certain universities
“You have 'inside talkers' and 'outside talkers,' and sometimes the term 'lecturer' is used.”
“You asked about the title lecturer at Canadian institutions.”
“Some Canadian universities do use the title lecturer in various ways.”
“Well, a couple of us (me and llanfair) with experience of Canadian institutions have already told you what we know about the title lecturer in the Canadian system.”
“‘But frankly, the lecturer is the kind of man who could be reading Bob The Builder to me and still make it go over my head.’”
“However, even though everyone has had books for decades, every class everywhere continues to follow the lecturer method as though the lecturer is the only one who owns a copy of the book.”
“I left journalism and I went back to graduate school and went to the University of Michigan and got a degree in history and I got my PhD in history and now I work part time at the University of Michigan, not tenured faculty, I'm only adjunct or what they call lecturer faculty.”
“She said the status of a senior lecturer is “similar” to the status of a professor and Obama did teach core courses usually handled only by professors.”
“Bantu Mwaura, an award winning Kenyan performing artist, director, playwright, storyteller, poet and university lecturer is dead.”
“In my classes in Mainz, we spent a full day with a lecturer from the German Statistical Office Statistiches Bundesamt going over the heaps and heaps of data about Germans and Germany they make available every year.”
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