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[in-struhk-ter] /ɪnˈstrʌk tər/
a person who instructs; teacher.
a teacher in a college or university who ranks below an assistant professor.
Origin of instructor
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin, equivalent to instruc-, variant stem of instruere (see instruct) + -tor -tor
Related forms
[in-struhk-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌɪn strʌkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
instructorship, noun
self-instructor, noun
1. tutor, schoolmaster, preceptor, pedagogue. Unabridged
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  • Ernest also took an instructorship, working toward his doctor's degree.

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  • William had in '68 been appointed to an instructorship in Psychology at Harvard.

  • He therefore made up his mind to postpone the instructorship for a year and go abroad once more.

  • We had an instructorship at the University of California waiting for us, and teaching was to begin in January.

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  • She became a German teacher and up to the outbreak of the War had an instructorship in a western state university.

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  • Up to this time, to be sure, the economical college had offered him only an instructorship.

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  • He decided to take an instructorship in the University and keep on with his experiments in solar engineering.

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  • So the instructorship was transferred to a divinity student who was casually looking into science, and Algarcife was dismissed.

  • Even so is it with immediate research, in its relation to continuing military study, in the perfecting of instructorship.

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British Dictionary definitions for instructorship


someone who instructs; teacher
(US & Canadian) a university teacher ranking below assistant professor
Derived Forms
instructorship, noun
instructress (ɪnˈstrʌktrɪs) noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for instructorship



mid-15c., from Old French instructeur and directly from Medieval Latin instructor "teacher" (in classical Latin, "preparer"), agent noun from instruere (see instruct).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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