One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A title or form of address given to scholars, especially those teaching in a medieval university.
- ‘Around 1145, Peter became a "magister", or professor, at the cathedral school of Notre Dame in Paris.’
- ‘Tilney was principally a lawyer, although variously described as magister, clerk, bachelor-of-law, esquire, gentleman, and husbandman.’
- ‘The great majority of, if not all, important figures in medieval music bear the title magister.’
- ‘Their claim to consideration rested on their expertise, their mastery, and the title magister became the sufficient indication of their authority.’
- ‘Boethius became magister officiorum under Theodoric in about 520.’
Late Middle English: from Latin, ‘master’.
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