noun 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
-tor Related forms pre·cep·tor·ate , [pri- sep-ter-it] /prɪˈsɛp tər ɪt/ noun pre·cep·to·ri·al , [pree-sep- tawr-ee- uh l, - tohr-] /ˌpri sɛpˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ pre·cep·to·ral, adjective pre·cep·to·ri·al·ly, adverb pre·cep·tor·ship, noun sub·pre·cep·tor, noun sub·pre·cep·to·ral, adjective sub·pre·cep·tor·ate, noun sub·pre·cep·to·ri·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for preceptor Historical Examples of preceptor British Dictionary definitions for preceptor noun US a practising physician giving practical training to a medical student the head of a preceptory rare a tutor or instructor Derived Forms preceptorate, noun preceptorial ( ˌpriːsɛpˈtɔːrɪəl) or preceptoral, adjective preceptorship, noun preceptress, fem n
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Word Origin and History for preceptor n.
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 [prĭ-sĕp ′tər, prē ′sĕp′tər] n. 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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