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Borrowed from Latin professor.



professeur m (plural professeurs)

  1. teacher
    Professeur de français, de mathématiques.
  2. professor
    Le conseil de faculté comprend les professeurs titulaires et a notamment pour fonction de présenter des candidats aux chaires vacantes.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The nonstandard feminine form professeure is sometimes used for a female teacher, while the Académie française recommended standard construction (based on coiffeur, coiffeuse) professeuse is universally avoided. With apocope, la prof is quite frequent and avoids a debate around the tricky issue of French noun feminization which, to be complete, should also mention professoresse (based on docteur, doctoresse).

Related terms[edit]


professeur” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).