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
- n. See privat-docent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a teacher at some universities
As I recall the docent saying, there is no interior support or something like that.
The docent is the usual: a well-groomed woman in her fifties with impossibly blond hair and taut face.
Being a docent is a great way to join the mammoth site team and interact with the community.
A docent is a trained volunteer who serves as a tour guide and adds a special touch to the Waco Mammoth Site.
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).
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.
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.
( "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.
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.
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.