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[pri-sep-ter, pree-sep-]
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  1. an instructor; teacher; tutor.
  2. the head of a school.
  3. the head of a preceptory.
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Origin of preceptor

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word praeceptor. See precept, -tor
Related formspre·cep·tor·ate [pri-sep-ter-it] /prɪˈsɛp tər ɪt/, nounpre·cep·to·ri·al [pree-sep-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌpri sɛpˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, pre·cep·to·ral, adjectivepre·cep·to·ri·al·ly, adverbpre·cep·tor·ship, nounsub·pre·cep·tor, nounsub·pre·cep·to·ral, adjectivesub·pre·cep·tor·ate, nounsub·pre·cep·to·ri·al, adjective
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Related Words for preceptor

specialist, expert, guru, tutor, mentor, teacher

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Historical Examples of preceptor

  • I date my fortunes from the hour in which I was placed in your father's house as your preceptor.

    Calderon The Courtier

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Soon afterward he entered into partnership with his preceptor.

  • After receiving his degree he commenced the practice of medicine with his preceptor.

  • Here was indeed a desirable academy, and my preceptor matched it.

  • Every Fakīr must have a Murshid or preceptor, and be initiated by him.

British Dictionary definitions for preceptor


  1. US a practising physician giving practical training to a medical student
  2. the head of a preceptory
  3. rare a tutor or instructor
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Derived Formspreceptorate, nounpreceptorial (ˌpriːsɛpˈtɔːrɪəl) or preceptoral, adjectivepreceptorship, nounpreceptress, fem n
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Word Origin and History for preceptor


early 15c., "tutor, instructor" (earliest reference might be to "expert in the art of writing"), from Latin praeceptor "teacher, instructor," agent noun from praecipere (see precept). Medical training sense attested from 1803.

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preceptor in Medicine


(prĭ-sĕptər, prēsĕp′tər)
  1. 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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