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Borrowed from Latin praeceptor (“commander; instructor”), from the verb praecipiō + -or (“-er: forming agent nouns”), from prae- (“pre-, fore-: before”) + capiō (“to take; to get, to take in, to understand”).
preceptor (plural preceptors)
- The headmaster or principal of a school, especially a private school.
- A teacher or tutor, especially (US medicine) a supervisor of new trainees.
- 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.
- The head of a preceptory of Knights Templar.
- (medical trainee supervisor): orientee