Definition of headmaster in US English:

headmaster

noun

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

    • ‘Eight principals or headmasters were initially contacted.’
    • ‘And like at school, the headmaster and his associates want to make sure everyone is on best behaviour.’
    • ‘I am a private school headmaster, and this has been a problem for a couple of years now.’
    • ‘It could perfectly well be a professor of divinity, or the headmaster of a public school.’
    • ‘We requested participation from the headmasters of the 40 selected schools, and 39 headmasters responded affirmatively.’
    • ‘Now all the naïve parents and teachers, including the headmasters and mistresses, can see what your ‘darling’ children are up too.’
    • ‘However the headmaster of the High School that Alice attended was much less supportive.’
    • ‘I practically have my own chair waiting outside the headmaster's office.’
    • ‘I learned from Ted who guided me like a patient headmaster leading a purblind orphan around a country fair.’
    • ‘Congratulations to the headmaster and teachers for staging the event, it was magical.’
    • ‘It was further alleged that a council should be found vicariously liable for the negligence of a headmasters and teachers' advisory centre for not assessing and referring the cases concerned in the proper manner.’
    • ‘So far former teachers, headmasters and farmers have been interviewed for the project.’
    • ‘James McHugh of Peabody was named headmaster at Savio Prep High School in East Boston.’
    • ‘The headmaster of Settle High School criticised parents who kept their distance from the school.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But later, the headmaster actually went into the bin and put all the pieces together!’
    • ‘The students were mostly of revolutionary stock while most of the teachers, especially the headmaster, were royalists.’
    • ‘These schools will be getting some new furniture for the teachers and the headmasters' offices.’
    • ‘I talked to her teachers and the headmaster, but although they were sympathetic, they didn't seem interested.’
    • ‘I really enjoyed it and it was wonderful meeting my old headmaster and old class teacher.’
    • ‘The creamy walls of both floors were lined with paintings of old headmasters and headmistresses, bowls of fruit, Paris operas, and fairy tale adventures.’
    • ‘Most of the school teachers and headmasters were trained in Great Britain and exposed to the British Scouting Movement and to Outward Bound programs.’
    • ‘The students and the headmaster at the boys-only grammar school backed his stand.’
    • ‘The chatter gradually died down, and all turned to look at R.A.'s headmaster.’
    • ‘He put me down gently on my feet then held my hand as we went inside to meet the headmaster and the teachers.’
    • ‘Today there are two pretenders to the title of headmaster, each self-appointed.’
    • ‘At that moment Mr Hill's active and fulfilling life as a headmaster of a leading secondary school senselessly ended.’
    • ‘Regional party secretaries, headmasters and teachers were forced to wear placards confessing their crimes as a ‘counter-revolutionary revisionist element’.’
    • ‘That night we had dinner with the headmaster and vice headmasters (1 school president and 3 vice presidents).’
    • ‘Pettigrew studied the role of the founding headmaster of a private British boarding school.’
    • ‘He was apparently a horrible student but now he's headmaster so that just goes to show the high standards of this school!’
    • ‘An emergency meeting of Skipton school headmasters and managers met to discuss an outbreak of measles in the town.’
    • ‘Born in Lancashire, the son of the headmaster of Ripon Grammar School, Peter studied art at Leeds School of Art.’
    • ‘The headmaster of the high school at that time was Munetaka Abe Sensei, a man of noble character and a patriot.’
    • ‘When we got there, there was a long hallway with portraits of the past headmasters and headmistresses hanging on the walls and an oak doorway at the end of the hall.’
    • ‘The documentary, besides focusing on the history of the institution, which has over 4,000 boys on its rolls, also includes interfaces with former teachers, headmasters and old boys of the institution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To make matters worse, the school belonged to a ghastly, gruesome headmaster named Mr Dowd.’
    leader, chief, boss, controller, master, supervisor, governor, superintendent, foreman, forewoman, headman
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Pronunciation

headmaster

/ˌhedˈmastər//ˌhɛdˈmæstər/