[ skool-mas-ter, -mah-ster ]
/ ˈskulˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər /


a man who presides over or teaches in a school.
anything that teaches or directs: Life can be a harsh schoolmaster.
a snapper, Lutjanus apodus, a food fish found in Florida, the West Indies, etc.

verb (used with or without object)

to teach or direct in the capacity of schoolmaster.

Origin of schoolmaster

First recorded in 1175–1225, schoolmaster is from the Middle English word scolemaister. See school1, master

Related forms

school·mas·ter·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for schoolmaster


/ (ˈskuːlˌmɑːstə) /


a man who teaches in or runs a school
a person or thing that acts as an instructor
a food fish, Lutjanus apodus, of the warm waters of the Caribbean and Atlantic: family Lutjanidae (snappers)

verb (intr)

to be a schoolmaster

Derived Forms

schoolmastering, nounschoolmasterish, adjectiveschoolmasterly, adjectiveschoolmastership, noun
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