preceptor

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin praeceptor, from the verb praecipiō.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpriːˌsɛptər/

Noun[edit]

preceptor (plural preceptors)

  1. The headmaster or principal of a school, especially a private school.
  2. A teacher or tutor.
    • 1905, George Bernard Shaw, The author's apology from Mrs. Warren's Profession, page 61:
      Here I must for the present break off my arduous work of educating the Press. We shall resume our studies later on; but just now I am tired of playing the preceptor; and the eager thirst of my pupils for improvement does not console me for the slowness of their progress.

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