Definitions for professorprəˈfɛs ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pro•fes•sorprəˈfɛs ər(n.)

  1. a college or university teacher of the highest academic rank in a particular field.

    Category: Education

  2. any teacher who has the rank of professor, associate professor, or assistant professor.

    Category: Education

  3. a teacher.

    Category: Education

  4. an instructor in some art or skilled sport.

    Category: Education

  5. a person who professes his or her sentiments, beliefs, etc.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of professor:

1350–1400; ME < ML


Princeton's WordNet

  1. professor, prof(noun)

    someone who is a member of the faculty at a college or university

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. professor(noun)əˈfɛs ər

    a university or college teacher

    professor of English

  2. professorəˈfɛs ər

    a very senior university teacher

    a professor at Oxford


  1. professor(Noun)

    A teacher or faculty member at a college or university.

  2. professor(Noun)

    A higher ranking for a teacher or faculty member at a college or university. Abbreviated Prof.

  3. professor(Noun)

    An honorific title for a higher ranking teacher. (Capitalised)

    Professor Plum or Prof. Plum.

  4. professor(Noun)

    One who professes.

  5. professor(Noun)

    A pianist in a saloon, brothel, etc.

  6. Origin: From proffessur, from professor, from the past participle stem of profiteor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Professor(noun)

    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

  2. Professor(noun)

    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


  1. Professor

    A professor is a scholarly teacher; the precise meaning of the term varies by country. Literally, professor derives from Latin as a "person who professes" being usually an expert in arts or sciences, a teacher of high rank. In much of the world, including most Commonwealth nations and northern Europe professor is reserved only for the most senior academics at a university, typically a department chair, or an awarded chair specifically bestowed recognizing an individual at a university or similar institution. A professor is a highly accomplished and recognized academic, and the title is in most cases awarded only after decades of scholarly work to senior academics. In the United States and Canada the title of professor is granted to most scholars with doctorate degrees or equivalent qualifications who teach in two- and four-year colleges and universities, and is used in the titles assistant professor and associate professor, which are not considered professor-level positions elsewhere, as well as for full professors. In countries on the northern European mainland, such as the Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries, usage of professor as a legal title is limited much the same way as in most Commonwealth countries, that is, it is reserved for someone who holds a chair. In the United States, "professor" as a proper noun generally implies a person with a Ph.D. who holds a permanent position at the college or university level, regardless of rank.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'professor' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2017

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'professor' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2566

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'professor' in Nouns Frequency: #856

Translations for professor

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a university teacher who is the head of a department

He is a professor of English at Leeds; Professor Jones.

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