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Meaning of rector by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Proper noun


    1. An English surname; derived from the German surname Richter .
    2. A town in Arkansas

Explanation of rector by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a person authorized to conduct religious worship

    Definition of rector by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Rector ( r?kt?r ), n. [L., fr. regere, rectum, to lead straight, to rule: cf. F. recteur. See Regiment, Right.]

      1. A ruler or governor. [R.]

      God is the supreme rector of the world. Sir M. Hale.

      2. ( Ch. of Eng. ) A clergyman who has the charge and cure of a parish, and has the tithes, etc.; the clergyman of a parish where the tithes are not impropriate. See the Note under Vicar. Blackstone. ( Prot. Epis. Ch. ) A clergyman in charge of a parish.

      3. The head master of a public school. [Scot.]

      4. The chief elective officer of some universities, as in France and Scotland; sometimes, the head of a college; as, “the Rector of Exeter College, or of Lincoln College, at Oxford”.

      5. ( R. C. Ch. ) The superior officer or chief of a convent or religious house; and among the Jesuits the superior of a house that is a seminary or college.