1 the principal lecturer or teacher in a field of learning at a university or college; a holder of a university chair
2 (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian) any teacher in a university or college
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3 a person who claims skill and instructs others in some sport, occupation, etc.
4 a person who professes his opinions, beliefs, etc. (C14: from Medieval Latin: one who has made his profession in a religious order, from Latin: a public teacher; see profess)
n (U.S. and Canadian) a university teacher lower in rank than an associate professor
1 (in the U.S. and Canada) a university teacher lower in rank than a full professor but higher than an assistant professor
2 (in New Zealand) a senior lecturer holding the rank below professor
n (U.S. and Canadian) a university teacher of the highest academic rank
n (Brit) a person appointed by the Crown to a university chair founded by a royal patron
(C17: regius, from Latin: royal, from rex king)
n a professor invited to teach in a college or university other than his own, often in another country, for a certain period, such as a term or year
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