Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A teacher or lecturer at some universities who is not a regular faculty member.
  • n. A lecturer or tour guide in a museum or cathedral.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Instructive; that teaches.
  • n. A teacher or lecturer at some American colleges or universities.
  • n. A tour guide at a museum, art gallery, historical site, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving to instruct; teaching.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Teaching.
  • n. See privat-docent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a teacher at some universities

Etymologies

German Dozent, from Latin docēns, docent-, present participle of docēre, to teach; see dek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin docēntem, present participle of docēre ("to teach"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As I recall the docent saying, there is no interior support or something like that.

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  • The docent is the usual: a well-groomed woman in her fifties with impossibly blond hair and taut face.

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  • Being a docent is a great way to join the mammoth site team and interact with the community.

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  • A docent is a trained volunteer who serves as a tour guide and adds a special touch to the Waco Mammoth Site.

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  • The docent was a lovely lady with a butterfly on her head (it was alive and just sat there), who enthusiastically gave me all kinds of facts on these incredible lepidopteras (latin for butterfly).

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  • Our docent was a wonderfully tiny silver-haired lady aged perfectly with a librarian's wisdom who told us great antic dotes of the building.

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  • It was an awesome opportunity to hear how an artist intreprets the work of another....without the canned "docent" speech of the artist's art history and accomplishments.

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  • ( "docent") (Tenure Track system) in the Department of Bioanalysis, charged with academic teaching (in Dutch), scientific research and carrying out scientific duties in the fields of pharmacokinetics and pharmaceutical care.

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  • So my advice on your next trip to the museum is to kick back, have a couple of stiff ones, lock the docent in the broom closet and treat yourself to a few guffaws.

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  • As far as volunteering is concerned, I´ve just done a little bit here, working as a volunteer guide in a museum when they need an English-speaking docent.

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  • "'A librarian docent accompanies every entrant at all times. Tonight, the docents are gone. What you are requesting is carte blanche access. Not even our cardinals enter alone.'"
    - 'Angels and Demons', Dan Brown.

    February 28, 2008