[ doh-suh nt; German doh-tsent ]
/ ˈdoʊ sənt; German doʊˈtsɛnt /


a college or university lecturer.
a person who is a knowledgeable guide, especially one who conducts visitors through a museum and delivers a commentary on the exhibitions.


Origin of docent

1630–40; < German Dozent < Latin docent- (stem of docēns, present participle of docēre), equivalent to doc- teach + -ent -ent
Related formsdo·cent·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for docent


/ (ˈdəʊsənt) /


a voluntary worker who acts as a guide in a museum, art gallery, etc
(dəʊˈsɛnt, German doˈtsɛnt) (in the US) a lecturer in some colleges or universities
Derived Formsdocentship, noun

Word Origin for docent

C19: from German Dozent, from Latin docēns from docēre to teach
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Word Origin and History for docent



1630s, from Latin docentem (nominative docens), present participle of docere "to teach" (see doctor). As a noun, from 1880.

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