- a member of the clergy in charge of a parish in the Protestant Episcopal Church.
- Roman Catholic Church. an ecclesiastic in charge of a college, religious house, or congregation.
- Anglican Church. a member of the clergy who has the charge of a parish with full possession of all its rights, tithes, etc.
- the head of certain universities, colleges, and schools.
Origin of rector
Related Words for rectorcleric, headmaster, priest, pastor, clergyman, proctor, minister, principal, clergywoman
Examples from the Web for rector
Contemporary Examples of rector
Rector was attending a Sunday night game between the Yankees and Red Sox when he dozed off.
In fact, the suit tries to somehow find MLB liable for a still picture of Rector posted on a website called NotSportcenter.
Dalil Boubakeur, the rector of the Grande Mosquée in Paris, has warned of radicalism amongst young Muslim males in the city.Downplaying Western European Anti-Semitism
January 29, 2013
Rector extrapolated to a national average: fine with running water, not so fine with such a small number of observations.What Does it Mean to Be Poor?
September 17, 2012
Historical Examples of rector
The nave, then as now, was the charge of the parish; the chancel, of the rector.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
The rector is old; when the house is mine, you will not be long without the living.Night and Morning, Complete
She spoke of the American church in Rome, and asked Hewson if he knew the rector.Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
"It is coldish to-night, love," said the rector; and he put out the candle.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
The Rector spoke with an obvious effort, got his hand off the page and closed the folio.The Incomplete Amorist
- Church of England a clergyman in charge of a parish in which, as its incumbent, he would formerly have been entitled to the whole of the tithesCompare vicar
- RC Church a cleric in charge of a college, religious house, or congregation
- Episcopal Church Scottish Episcopal Church a clergyman in charge of a parish
- mainly British the head of certain schools or colleges
- (in Scotland) a high-ranking official in a university: now a public figure elected for three years by the students
Word Origin for rector
late 14c. (early 13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Latin rector "ruler, governor, director, guide," from rect-, past participle stem of regere "to rule, guide" (see regal). Used originally of Roman governors and God, by 18c. generally restricted to clergymen and college heads. Related: Rectorship.