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  1. a person who teaches or instructs, especially as a profession; instructor.

Origin of teacher

First recorded in 1250–1300, teacher is from the Middle English word techer. See teach, -er1
Related formsteach·er·less, adjectiveteach·er·ship, nounnon·teach·er, nounself-teach·er, nounun·der·teach·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for teachership

Historical Examples

  • It was on her lips to tell him that she had resigned the teachership; but she forbore.

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    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • “The possession of wisdom was made a claim to teachership” (Hort).

  • He taught sitting: that belongs to the dignity of teachership.

  • Hester's letter accepting the teachership had put Mr. Sam in something of a quandary.

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    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

British Dictionary definitions for teachership


  1. a person whose occupation is teaching others, esp children
  2. a personified concept that teachesnature is a good teacher
Derived Formsteacherless, adjective
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Word Origin and History for teachership



"one who teaches," c.1300; agent noun from teach (v.). It was used earlier in a sense of "index finger" (late 13c.). Teacher's pet attested from 1856.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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