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docent

[ doh-suhnt; German doh-tsent ]
/ ˈdoʊ sənt; German doʊˈtsɛnt /
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noun

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.

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Origin of docent

1630–40; <German Dozent<Latin docent- (stem of docēns, present participle of docēre), equivalent to doc- teach + -ent-ent

OTHER WORDS FROM docent

do·cent·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for docent

docent
/ (ˈdəʊsənt) /

noun

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 forms of docent

docentship, noun

Word Origin for docent

C19: from German Dozent, from Latin docēns from docēre to teach
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