- an instructor; teacher; tutor.
- the head of a school.
- the head of a preceptory.
Origin of preceptor
Examples from the Web for preceptor
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
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.Irish Books and Irish People
Every Fakīr must have a Murshid or preceptor, and be initiated by him.
- US a practising physician giving practical training to a medical student
- the head of a preceptory
- rare a tutor or instructor
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.
- An expert or specialist, such as a physician, who gives practical experience and training to a student, especially of medicine or nursing.