professor

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English[edit]

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

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professor (plural professors)

  1. A teacher or faculty member at a college or university.
  2. A higher ranking for a teacher or faculty member at a college or university. Abbreviated Prof.
  3. An honorific title for a higher ranking teacher. (Capitalised)
    Professor Plum or Prof. Plum.
  4. (archaic) One who professes.
    • 1897, Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers (transl.) The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, Introduction, p. v:
      This period in which Abraham the Jew lived was one in which Magic was almost universally believed in, and in which its Professors were held in honour;
  5. (US, slang) A pianist in a saloon, brothel, etc.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 415:
      You could hear [...] pianos under the hands of whorehouse professors sounding like they came with keys between the keys.
  6. The puppeteer who performs a Punch and Judy show; a Punchman.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin professor.

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professor m (plural professors, feminine professora)

  1. professor
  2. teacher

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professor m (plural professoren or professors, diminutive professoortje n)

  1. professor

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Latin[edit]

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professor m (genitive professōris); third declension

  1. teacher, professor

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Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative professor professōrēs
genitive professōris professōrum
dative professōrī professōribus
accusative professōrem professōrēs
ablative professōre professōribus
vocative professor professōrēs

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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professor m (definite singular professoren, indefinite plural professorer, definite plural professorene)

  1. professor

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professor m (definite singular professoren, indefinite plural professorar, definite plural professorane)

  1. professor

Portuguese[edit]

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From Latin professor.

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professor m (plural professores, feminine professora, feminine plural professoras)

  1. teacher
  2. professor (higher ranking for a teacher or faculty member)
  3. (Brazil, pro football, slang) coach

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professor c

  1. professor;[1] the highest ranking position as a university teacher

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Utrikes namnbok (7th ed., 2007) ISBN 978-913832379-3