What does rector mean?

Definitions for rector
ˈrɛk tərrec·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. curate, minister of religion, minister, parson, pastor, rectornoun

    a person authorized to conduct religious worship

    "clergymen are usually called ministers in Protestant churches"


  1. rectornoun

    In the Anglican Church, a cleric in charge of a parish and who owns the tithes of it.

  2. rectornoun

    In the Roman Catholic Church, a cleric with managerial as well as spiritual responsibility for a church or other institution.

  3. rectornoun

    A headmaster in various educational institutions, e.g. a university.

  4. Rectornoun

    An English surname; derived from the surname Richter.

  5. Rectornoun

    A town in Arkansas

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RECTORnoun

    Etymology: recteur, Fr. rector, Latin.

    God is the supreme rector of the world, and of all those subordinate parts thereof. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    When a rector of an university of scholars is chosen by the corporation or university, the election ought to be confirmed by the superior of such university. John Ayliffe, Parergon.


  1. rector

    A rector is a leader or head of a university, church, or other institution. In academia, it is a title given to the highest administrative official. In religious institutions, it is often the title for a member of the clergy who is in charge of a parish. Responsibilities may include managing the institution's operations, making decisions on its behalf, and representing it to the outside world.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rectornoun

    a ruler or governor

  2. Rectornoun

    a clergyman who has the charge and cure of a parish, and has the tithes, etc.; the clergyman of a parish where the tithes are not impropriate. See the Note under Vicar

  3. Rectornoun

    a clergyman in charge of a parish

  4. Rectornoun

    the head master of a public school

  5. Rectornoun

    the chief elective officer of some universities, as in France and Scotland; sometimes, the head of a college; as, the Rector of Exeter College, or of Lincoln College, at Oxford

  6. Rectornoun

    the superior officer or chief of a convent or religious house; and among the Jesuits the superior of a house that is a seminary or college

  7. Etymology: [L., fr. regere, rectum, to lead straight, to rule: cf. F. recteur. See Regiment, Right.]


  1. Rector

    A rector in the sphere of academia is the highest academic official of many universities and in certain other institutions of higher education, as well as even in some secondary-level schools. The term and office of a rector are called a rectorate. The title is used widely in universities across Europe. It is also very common in Latin American countries. It is also used in Russia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Israel. In some universities, the title is phrased in an even loftier manner, as Rector Magnificus or Lord Rector. A notable exception to this terminology is in England and elsewhere in Great Britain, where the head of a university has traditionally been referred to as a "Chancellor". This pattern has been followed in the Commonwealth, the United States, and other countries under British influence. In Scotland, many universities are headed by a Chancellor, with the Lord Rector designated as an elected representative of students at the head of the university court.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rector

    rek′tor, n. a ruler: in the Church of England, a clergyman who has the charge and cure of a parish where the tithes are not impropriate, and who accordingly has the whole right to the ecclesiastical dues therein: a common name for all incumbents in the Episcopal churches of the United States and (since 1890) Scotland: the head-master of a superior public school in Scotland, Germany, &c.: the chief elective officer of certain Scotch and French universities: the head of Lincoln and of Exeter Colleges, Oxford, &c.: (R.C.) an ecclesiastic in charge of a congregation, a college, or religious house, esp. the head of a Jesuit seminary.—adjs. Rec′toral, Rectō′rial, pertaining to a rector or to a rectory—ns. Rec′torate, Rec′torship; Rec′toress, a female rector: a governess; Rec′tory, the province or mansion of a rector.—Rector magnificus, the head of a German university.—Lay rector, a layman who enjoys the great tithes of a parish; Missionary rector (R.C.), a priest appointed to the charge of some important mission in England. [L.,—regĕre, rectum, to rule.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Rector

    a clergyman of the Church of England, who has a right to the great and small tithes of the living; where the tithes are impropriate he is called a vicar.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Rector

    A clergyman who enjoys a living in his own right, as distinguished from a “Vicar,” who holds the appointment at the pleasure of the Lord of the Manor. The former also receives the tithes direct, whereas the latter passes them on to a layman, a college, or a chapter, by whom he is paid a proportion thereout as a stipend.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rector is ranked #2661 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Rector surname appeared 13,559 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname Rector.

    88.5% or 12,000 total occurrences were White.
    6.2% or 841 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 355 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 187 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 106 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 71 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rector in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rector in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of rector in a Sentence

  1. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan:

    Are you students or terrorists trying to raid the rector’s room? this country will not again live a Gezi event in Taksim, will not allow it. We have not stood with terrorists and we will not.

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