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[pri-sep-ter, pree-sep-]
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  1. an instructor; teacher; tutor.
  2. the head of a school.
  3. the head of a preceptory.

Origin of preceptor

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word praeceptor. See precept, -tor
Related formspre·cep·tor·ate [pri-sep-ter-it] /prɪˈsɛp tər ɪt/, nounpre·cep·to·ri·al [pree-sep-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌpri sɛpˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, pre·cep·to·ral, adjectivepre·cep·to·ri·al·ly, adverbpre·cep·tor·ship, nounsub·pre·cep·tor, nounsub·pre·cep·to·ral, adjectivesub·pre·cep·tor·ate, nounsub·pre·cep·to·ri·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for preceptorship

Historical Examples

  • His argument on the “Being of a God” was prepared as a duty of his preceptorship to the prince.

    French Classics

    William Cleaver Wilkinson

  • The preceptorship, however honourable, was perhaps not worth much on the score of emolument.

  • In short, the whole question of preceptorship rests on no better authority than a single figure.

  • His argument on the "Being of a God" was prepared as a duty of his preceptorship to the prince.

    Classic French Course in English

    William Cleaver Wilkinson

British Dictionary definitions for preceptorship


  1. US a practising physician giving practical training to a medical student
  2. the head of a preceptory
  3. rare a tutor or instructor
Derived Formspreceptorate, nounpreceptorial (ˌpriːsɛpˈtɔːrɪəl) or preceptoral, adjectivepreceptorship, nounpreceptress, fem n
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Word Origin and History for preceptorship


1764, from preceptor + -ship.



early 15c., "tutor, instructor" (earliest reference might be to "expert in the art of writing"), from Latin praeceptor "teacher, instructor," agent noun from praecipere (see precept). Medical training sense attested from 1803.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

preceptorship in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. A period of practical experience and training for a student, especially of medicine or nursing, that is supervised by an expert or specialist in a particular field.


([object Object])
  1. An expert or specialist, such as a physician, who gives practical experience and training to a student, especially of medicine or nursing.
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