- a teacher of the highest academic rank in a college or university, who has been awarded the title Professor in a particular branch of learning; a full professor: a professor of Spanish literature.
- any teacher who has the rank of professor, associate professor, or assistant professor.
- a teacher.
- an instructor in some art or skilled sport: a professor of singing; a professor of boxing.
- a person who professes his or her sentiments, beliefs, etc.
Origin of professor
Examples from the Web for professor
Professor Penelope Leach told The Daily Beast it was ludicrous to monitor young children in that way.Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis
January 7, 2015
Shakespeare,” said Professor Watson, “wrote a story for each of us and in them we can hear what we want.Biking With the Bard
December 28, 2014
A Harvard-educated poet and professor, Linsker was arrested early Sunday morning and released without bail later that day.The High-Priced Union Rep Charged With Attacking a Cop
December 19, 2014
Terry Castle has this great book called The Professor, which came out after I was in grad school.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
The theory was first floated in the 1950s by Professor Homer Dubs of Oxford University.The Chinese Town Descended From Romans?
December 4, 2014
"I fear you do not quite understand me," said the Professor.
"The professor made a bully speech," said more than one after the exercises were over.
With these words, he handed the pencil to the professor and returned to his seat.
The result of her hours of thought and prayer was that she was bound to Professor Ellis.
The doctor bowed; and the subject of Professor Ellis was immediately dropped.
- the principal lecturer or teacher in a field of learning at a university or college; a holder of a university chair
- mainly US and Canadian any teacher in a university or collegeSee also associate professor, assistant professor, full professor
- a person who claims skill and instructs others in some sport, occupation, etc
- a person who professes his opinions, beliefs, etc
Word Origin and History for professor
late 14c., "one who teaches a branch of knowledge," from Old French professeur (14c.) and directly from Latin professor "person who professes to be an expert in some art or science; teacher of highest rank," agent noun from profiteri "lay claim to, declare openly" (see profess). As a title prefixed to a name, it dates from 1706. Short form prof is recorded from 1838.
Professor. One professing religion. This canting use of the word comes down from the Elizabethan period, but is obsolete in England. [Thornton, "American Glossary," 1912]