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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [pruh-fes-er]
    • /prəˈfɛs ər/
    • /prəˈfesə(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [pruh-fes-er]
    • /prəˈfɛs ər/

Definitions of professor word

  • noun professor a teacher of the highest academic rank in a college or university, who has been awarded the title Professor in a particular branch of learning; a full professor: a professor of Spanish literature. 1
  • noun professor any teacher who has the rank of professor, associate professor, or assistant professor. 1
  • noun professor a teacher. 1
  • noun professor an instructor in some art or skilled sport: a professor of singing; a professor of boxing. 1
  • noun professor a person who professes his or her sentiments, beliefs, etc. 1
  • noun professor university teacher 1

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Origin of professor

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin prōfessor one who has taken the vows of a religious order, Latin: a public lecturer, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + -fet-, combining form of fatērī to acknowledge, declare + -tor -tor, with tt > ss

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Professor


professor popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

professor usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for professor

noun professor

  • abecedary — abecedarian.
  • academician — An academician is a member of an academy, usually one which has been formed to improve or maintain standards in a particular field.
  • academic — Academic is used to describe things that relate to the work done in schools, colleges, and universities, especially work which involves studying and reasoning rather than practical or technical skills.
  • annalist — a writer of annals
  • authority — The authorities are the people who have the power to make decisions and to make sure that laws are obeyed.

adverb professor

Antonyms for professor

noun professor

  • catechumen — a person, esp in the early Church, undergoing instruction prior to baptism
  • grad — one hundredth of a right angle.
  • youngster — a child.

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