[ pri-sep-ter, pree-sep- ]
/ prɪˈsɛp tər, ˈpri sɛp- /


an instructor; teacher; tutor.
the head of a school.
the head of a preceptory.

Origin of preceptor

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word praeceptor. See precept, -tor

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British Dictionary definitions for preceptor

/ (prɪˈsɛptə) /


US a practising physician giving practical training to a medical student
the head of a preceptory
rare a tutor or instructor

Derived forms of preceptor

preceptorate, nounpreceptorial (ˌpriːsɛpˈtɔːrɪəl) or preceptoral, adjectivepreceptorship, nounpreceptress, fem n
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Medical definitions for preceptor

[ prĭ-sĕptər, prēsĕp′tər ]


An expert or specialist, such as a physician, who gives practical experience and training to a student, especially of medicine or nursing.
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