or pro·fes·so·ri·at

[proh-fuh-sawr-ee-it, -sohr-, prof-uh-]
  1. a group of professors.
  2. the office or post of professor.
  3. 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 formssub·pro·fes·so·ri·ate, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for professoriate

Historical Examples of professoriate

  • He was appointed to the professoriate the same year that I obtained my licence.

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

    Hugh Miller

    William Keith Leask

British Dictionary definitions for professoriate


professorate (prəˈfɛsərɪt)

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