[pri-sep-ter, pree-sep-]

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for preceptorship


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

1764, from preceptor + -ship.



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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preceptorship in Medicine


  1. A period of practical experience and training for a student, especially of medicine or nursing, that is supervised by an expert or specialist in a particular field.


[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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