[ dok-ter ]
/ ˈdɒk tər /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Nearby words

  1. dockworker,
  2. dockyard,
  3. doco,
  4. docosahexaenoic acid,
  5. docosanoic,
  6. doctor faustus,
  7. doctor livingstone, i presume?,
  8. doctor martens,
  9. doctor of philosophy,
  10. doctor of the church

Origin of doctor

1275–1325; Middle English docto(u)r (< Anglo-French) < Latin, equivalent to doc(ēre) to teach + -tor -tor

Related forms
Can be confuseddoctor physician Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for doctoral


/ (ˈdɒktə) /



Derived Formsdoctoral or doctorial (dɒkˈtɔːrɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for doctor

C14: from Latin: teacher, from docēre to teach

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Word Origin and History for doctoral
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for doctoral


[ dŏktər ]


A person, especially a physician, dentist, or veterinarian, trained in the healing arts and licensed to practice.
A person who has earned the highest academic degree awarded by a university in a specified discipline.

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Idioms and Phrases with doctoral


see just what the doctor ordered.

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