One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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.
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