One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in the Episcopal Church) a member of the clergy who has charge of a parish.
minister, priest, parson, minister of religion, clergyman, clergywoman, cleric, churchman, churchwoman, ecclesiastic, pastor, father, man of the cloth, woman of the cloth, man of god, woman of god, curate, chaplain, curé, presbyter, preacher, lay preacher, evangelist, divineView synonyms
- ‘Sandy's friend, the Anglican priest and rector of St. Anne's, the Reverend John Gordon, would officiate.’
- ‘‘The font was used to baptise Dr Kathleen Lynn; her father was the Anglican rector of the parish in 1874,’ pointed out a local.’
- ‘The Reverend William Matheus, another member, was assistant rector at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, a bulwark of progressive social causes.’
- ‘The new rector of the Scottish Episcopal Church in Orkney, Reverend Alison Duff, was installed into her charge at a service in Kirkwall on Wednesday night.’
- ‘According to the bishop of London the Anglican rector of South Hackney helped create the shrines, which were visited by the Queen in 1917.’
- 1.1 (in the Roman Catholic Church) a priest in charge of a church or of a religious institution.
- ‘When the site is fully restored, the local rector Rev Lynda Peilow and the Roman Catholic priest Fr Gerard O'Byrne will hold a ceremony and remaining family members of those buried there will be invited to attend.’
- 1.2 (in the Church of England) the incumbent of a parish where all tithes formerly passed to the incumbent.Compare with vicar
- ‘The farmers now decided that they should also get some relief in their Tithe payments and deputations went to the rectors in the parish.’
- ‘The eldest son is the rector of four conjoined parishes nearby.’
- ‘I think it's hard sometimes, when new rectors are appointed to churches, for congregations to be completely open in their welcome.’
- ‘Tickets are available from the rector, church wardens and the parish office.’
- ‘The husband of a church rector will be pedalling 1,000 miles to raise money to repair the church roof.’
2The head of certain universities, colleges, and schools.
head, chief, director, leader, governor, principal, master, chancellor, vice chancellor, dean, warden, provost, captain, figureheadView synonyms
- ‘The rector or another faculty member leads grace.’
- ‘The university rector is asked to form a team of Papuan intellectuals to start the process.’
- ‘A former rector of the college, he said: ‘At the moment, we do not feel under threat from that direction.’’
- ‘The responsibilities of university rectors and senior administrators are not clearly defined.’
- ‘The university rector was appointed for four years by the minister of education and was subordinate to the curator of his educational district.’
Late Middle English: from Latin rector ‘ruler’, from rect- ‘ruled’, from the verb regere.
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