or pri·vat·do·zent

[ pree-vaht-doh-tsent ]
/ priˈvɑt doʊˈtsɛnt /


(in German and certain other universities) a private teacher or lecturer recognized by the university but receiving no compensation from it, being remunerated by fees.



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Also called docent.

Origin of privatdocent

1880–85; < German Privatdocent; see private, docent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for privatdozent

/ (German priˈvaːtdoˈtsɛnt) /


(esp in German-speaking countries) a university lecturer who formerly received fees from his students rather than a university salary

Word Origin for Privatdocent

German, from privat private + docent (for Dozent lecturer) from Latin docēre to teach
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