or pro·fes·so·ri·at

[ proh-fuh-sawr-ee-it, -sohr-, prof-uh- ]
/ ˌproʊ fəˈsɔr i ɪt, -ˈsoʊr-, ˌprɒf ə- /


a group of professors.
the office or post of professor.
all of the academicians in a given place, as at an educational institution or in a country.

Origin of professoriate

1855–60; professori(al) + -ate3

Related forms

sub·pro·fes·so·ri·ate, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for professoriate

  • The professoriate was grossly ignorant and conceited, and nepotism was rampant.

    Hugh Miller|William Keith Leask
  • He was appointed to the professoriate the same year that I obtained my licence.

British Dictionary definitions for professoriate


professorate (prəˈfɛsərɪt)

/ (ˌprɒfɪˈsɔːrɪɪt) /


a group of professors
Also called (esp Brit): professorship (prəˈfɛsəʃɪp) the rank or position of university professor

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