One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A teacher of the highest rank in a college or university.
holder of a chair, chair, head of faculty, head of departmentView synonyms
- ‘They supported charitable foundations, gave money to local hospitals and churches, subsidized chairs for university professors.’
- ‘There are a legion of them, a scattering of businessmen and prospective students, but mostly teachers and principals, professors and university officials.’
- ‘On the other hand, the Church assumed control of all levels of state education, and the lectures of professors at the Central University of Madrid were censored, to stop French ideas seeping into Spain.’
- ‘Would a chair professor of literature at Yale University be allowed to conduct serially personal liaisons with female graduate students over his entire career across decades?’
- ‘If the A-level results are better than ever, as the government insists, why are successful students, teachers and university professors unhappy about them?’
- ‘But he soon left to join the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos as a lecturer, rising through the ranks to become a professor and head of department of paediatrics.’
- ‘That reflects the fact that it has become a proper trade union as international competition has turned university professors and lecturers into another section of the world working class.’
- ‘On polls of what is highest in the public esteem, university professors and teachers are right at the top and politicians are right at the bottom.’
- 1.1North American An associate professor or an assistant professor.
trainer, teacher, tutor, coach, demonstrator, adviser, counsellor, guideView synonyms
- ‘Very few professors will agree to chair their departments or take on deanships or even consider college presidencies.’
- ‘The people best positioned to effect this communication are high school teachers, college professors, and fellow students.’
- ‘As young accounting students turn away from academia, accounting professors are getting older.’
- ‘It conflicts with most conceptions of academic freedom articulated by professors.’
- ‘Singer, though, isn't a secondary school teacher but a professor of bioethics at Princeton.’
- ‘Now in his 80s, he has been a successful artist for the past 40 years while continuing his career as a college professor in the State University system of California.’
- ‘Before joining Stanford in 1998, Hammond was a professor at Columbia University's Teachers College.’
- ‘In the King tradition, Dyson is a Baptist minister and a learned academic, now a professor at DePaul University.’
- ‘There are, however, times when the balancing act of being both a college professor and a teacher of young children can get frustrating.’
- ‘It is a declaration of academic freedom by American professors at the end of the twentieth century.’
- 1.2North American informal Any instructor, especially in a specialized field.
2A person who affirms a faith in or allegiance to something.‘the professors of true religion’
- ‘In a very heart searching way, Bunyan reveals the difference between a true Christian who struggles and fights against sin and a false professor who manifests no spiritual transformation.’
- ‘There is a spiritual basis to their lives with Saul a professor of religious philosophy and a scholar of the Kabbal.’
- ‘There have been official councils of the church at which professors outnumbered bishops.’
- ‘A suspicion got abroad that the professors of this religion had made use of unfair means to get their doctrines taught to children.’
Late Middle English: from Latin professor, from profess- ‘declared publicly’, from the verb profiteri (see profess).
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