Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A teacher; an instructor.
  • noun An expert or specialist, such as a physician, who gives practical experience and training to a student, especially of medicine or nursing.
  • noun The head of a preceptory.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A teacher; an instructor; a tutor.
  • noun The head of a preceptory of the Knights Templars.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who gives commands, or makes rules; specifically, the master or principal of a school; a teacher; an instructor.
  • noun The head of a preceptory among the Knights Templars.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The headmaster or principal of a school, especially a private school.
  • noun A teacher or tutor.

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

  • noun teacher at a university or college (especially at Cambridge or Oxford)

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Latin praeceptor, from praecipere, to teach; see precept.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin praeceptor, from the verb praecipiō.

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