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headmaster

[hed-mas-ter, -mah-ster]
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noun
  1. the person in charge of a private school.

Origin of headmaster

First recorded in 1570–80; head + master
Related formshead·mas·ter·ship, noun
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headmaster

noun
  1. a male principal of a schoolGender-neutral form: head teacher
Derived Formsheadmastership, noun
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Word Origin and History for headmaster

n.

1570s, from head (adj.) + master (n.).

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