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  1. a person who instructs; teacher.
  2. a teacher in a college or university who ranks below an assistant professor.
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Origin of instructor

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin, equivalent to instruc-, variant stem of instruere (see instruct) + -tor -tor
Related formsin·struc·to·ri·al [in-struhk-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-] /ˌɪn strʌkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjectivein·struc·tor·ship, nounself-in·struc·tor, noun

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Related Words for instructorship

throne, chairperson, monitor, fellowship, director, tutor, helm, captain, leader, principal, tutorship, professorship, instructorship, professorate

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Historical Examples of instructorship

  • Ernest also took an instructorship, working toward his doctor's degree.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

  • William had in '68 been appointed to an instructorship in Psychology at Harvard.

  • He therefore made up his mind to postpone the instructorship for a year and go abroad once more.

  • We had an instructorship at the University of California waiting for us, and teaching was to begin in January.

    An American Idyll

    Cornelia Stratton Parker

  • She became a German teacher and up to the outbreak of the War had an instructorship in a western state university.

    How to Analyze People on Sight

    Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict

British Dictionary definitions for instructorship


  1. someone who instructs; teacher
  2. US and Canadian a university teacher ranking below assistant professor
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Derived Formsinstructorship, nouninstructress (ɪnˈstrʌktrɪs), fem n
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Word Origin and History for instructorship



mid-15c., from Old French instructeur and directly from Medieval Latin instructor "teacher" (in classical Latin, "preparer"), agent noun from instruere (see instruct).

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