Definition of privatdozent in US English:

privatdozent

(also privat dozent, privat-docent)

noun

  • In German-speaking countries: a teacher or lecturer who has attained his or her Habilitation and thereby has formal teaching status within a particular university faculty or department, but is not on its salaried staff.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Suggestions for Improvement of Examination Statute (Oxford). From German Privatdozent from privat + dozent. Compare post-classical Latin privatim docentes, plural.