One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the UK) the holder of a university chair founded by a sovereign (especially one at Oxford or Cambridge instituted by Henry VIII) or filled by Crown appointment.
holder of a chair, chair, head of faculty, head of departmentView synonyms
- ‘The Regius professor of public law at Edinburgh University says the parliament has brought in law reforms that would never have been achieved at Westminster.’
Latin regius ‘royal’, from rex, reg- ‘king’.
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