- 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 proctorship
- 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 proctorship
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.