Definition: Professor

From New World Encyclopedia


From Anglo-Norman proffessur, from Latin professor (“declarer, person who claims knowledge”), from the past participle stem of profiteor (“profess”).


professor (plural professors)

  1. The most senior rank for an academic at a university or similar institution, informally also known as "full professor."
    The Philosophy professor had been teaching at the same university for thirty years.
  2. (US, informal) A teacher or faculty member at a college or university regardless of formal rank.



Derived terms

  • absent-minded professor
  • adjunct professor
  • assistant professor
  • associate professor


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