from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A college or university teacher who ranks above an associate professor.
- n. A teacher or instructor.
- n. One who professes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A teacher or faculty member at a college or university.
- n. A higher ranking for a teacher or faculty member at a college or university. Abbreviated Prof.
- n. An honorific title for a higher ranking teacher. (Capitalised)
- n. One who professes.
- n. A pianist in a saloon, brothel, etc.
- n. The puppeteer who performs a Punch and Judy show; a Punchman.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who professed, or makes open declaration of, his sentiments or opinions; especially, one who makes a public avowal of his belief in the Scriptures and his faith in Christ, and thus unites himself to the visible church.
- n. One who professed, or publicly teaches, any science or branch of learning; especially, an officer in a university, college, or other seminary, whose business it is to read lectures, or instruct students, in a particular branch of learning; as a professor of theology, of botany, of mathematics, or of political economy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who professes; one who openly declares or makes profession of specific belief or views, of adherence to a certain course of action or way of life, or of knowledge or skill in any particular calling.
- n. One who makes open profession of religious faith and conversion, and attaches himself to some religious denomination.
- n. A public teacher in a university, especially one to whom this title has been formally granted.
- n. In a loose use, any one who publicly teaches or exercises an art or occupation for pay, as a dancing-master, phrenologist, balloonist, juggler, acrobat, boxer, etc.
- n. The name of an artificial fly used in angling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who is a member of the faculty at a college or university
Middle English professour, from Old French professeur, from Latin professor, from professus, past participle of profitērī, to profess; see profess.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman proffessur, from Latin professor ("declarer, person who claims knowledge"), from the past participle stem of profiteor ("profess"). (Wiktionary)