- a person appointed to keep watch over students at examinations.
- an official charged with various duties, especially with the maintenance of good order.
- to supervise or monitor.
Origin of proctor
Examples from the Web for proctor
“Blackness is another issue entirely apart from class in America,” Proctor said.An Open Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder: It’s Not About Race
July 17, 2014
His ex-wife and high school sweetheart, Evelyn, told the Associated Press that Proctor was “a very loving, caring, gentle person.”Remembering the Navy Yard Victims
September 17, 2013
Here she is being promoted on Twitter by Proctor & Gamble, one of her many sponsors.New York Times Attack on Olympic Athlete Lolo Jones Unfounded and Unfair
August 7, 2012
Defiantly, I handed back the answer key to the proctor and proceeded to take the exam on my own.Nuclear Sub Cheating Scandal
September 22, 2010
He ducked a proctor in a water-butt and the dons were very cross about it.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
To explain his hurried departure, Proctor told what called him away.Barrington
Charles James Lever
"Her maid has just seen you, sir," suggested Proctor, mildly.The Daltons, Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
Yet Mr Proctor was not lulled into incaution by this seeming calm.
She did not look very ill to Mr Proctor's inexperienced eyes.
- a member of the teaching staff of any of certain universities having the duties of enforcing discipline
- US (in a college or university) a supervisor or monitor who invigilates examinations, enforces discipline, etc
- (formerly) an agent, esp one engaged to conduct another's case in a court
- (formerly) an agent employed to collect tithes
- Church of England one of the elected representatives of the clergy in Convocation and the General Synod
- (tr) US to invigilate (an examination)
Word Origin and History for proctor
late 14c., contraction of procurator (c.1300) "steward or manager of a household;" also "a provider" (see procurator). From late 14c. as "one who acts or speaks for another; spokesman, advocate;" early 15c. as "business manager or financial administrator of a church, college, holy order, etc."
1670s, from proctor (n.). Related: Proctored; proctoring.