[doh-suh nt; German doh-tsent]
- 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
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- 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
Word Origin for docent
C19: from German Dozent, from Latin docēns from docēre to teach
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1630s, from Latin docentem (nominative docens), present participle of docere "to teach" (see doctor). As a noun, from 1880.
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