Definition of headmaster in English:

headmaster

noun

  • (especially in private schools) the man in charge of a school; the principal.

    • ‘I learned from Ted who guided me like a patient headmaster leading a purblind orphan around a country fair.’
    • ‘Pettigrew studied the role of the founding headmaster of a private British boarding school.’
    • ‘High school headmasters have begun banning pants that cause potential exposure of the buttocks, such as loose and baggy jeans on boys and midriff-showing lowriders on girls.’
    • ‘He was apparently a horrible student but now he's headmaster so that just goes to show the high standards of this school!’
    • ‘The headmaster of the high school at that time was Munetaka Abe Sensei, a man of noble character and a patriot.’
    • ‘We requested participation from the headmasters of the 40 selected schools, and 39 headmasters responded affirmatively.’
    • ‘Eight principals or headmasters were initially contacted.’
    • ‘I am a private school headmaster, and this has been a problem for a couple of years now.’
    • ‘These schools will be getting some new furniture for the teachers and the headmasters' offices.’
    • ‘James McHugh of Peabody was named headmaster at Savio Prep High School in East Boston.’
    • ‘Sketch themes include sub-literate headmasters, a prime ministerial aid who has a crush on his boss, cross-dressing, and this guy whom I liked if only for his over-the-top Welsh accent.’
    • ‘Today there are two pretenders to the title of headmaster, each self-appointed.’
    • ‘He put me down gently on my feet then held my hand as we went inside to meet the headmaster and the teachers.’
    • ‘But later, the headmaster actually went into the bin and put all the pieces together!’
    • ‘The chatter gradually died down, and all turned to look at R.A.'s headmaster.’
    • ‘To make matters worse, the school belonged to a ghastly, gruesome headmaster named Mr Dowd.’
    • ‘Most of the school teachers and headmasters were trained in Great Britain and exposed to the British Scouting Movement and to Outward Bound programs.’
    • ‘There is a program on which we are working, but we still need support to make this program workable, to make headmasters accept easily those little girls in their schools, even though they will not pay school fees.’
    • ‘The creamy walls of both floors were lined with paintings of old headmasters and headmistresses, bowls of fruit, Paris operas, and fairy tale adventures.’
    • ‘Since I'm on the ground as it were, I've direct access to many of the headmasters, teachers, and senior exponents of these disciplines.’
    leader, chief, boss, controller, master, supervisor, governor, superintendent, foreman, forewoman, headman
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Pronunciation

headmaster

/ˌhedˈmastər/