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One who teaches, especially one hired to teach.

teach′er·ly adj.


1. (Professions) a person whose occupation is teaching others, esp children
2. a personified concept that teaches: nature is a good teacher.
ˈteacherless adj


(ˈti tʃər)

a person who teaches.


  • fescue - A pointer, such as that used by a teacher, having originally meant "a straw or twig."
  • docent, docible, docile - Docent comes from Latin docere, "to teach"; docible is "capable of learning" and docile first meant "teachable."
  • Socratic method - A teaching technique in which a teacher does not give information directly but instead asks a series of questions, with the result that the student comes either to the desired knowledge by answering the questions or to a deeper awareness of the limits of knowledge.
  • tuition - First meant taking care of something, then teaching or instruction, especially for a fee.


1. 'professor'

In a British university, a professor is the most senior teacher in a department.

Professor Cole is giving a lecture today.
She was professor of English at Strathclyde University.

In an American or Canadian university or college, a professor is a senior teacher. He or she is not necessarily the most senior teacher in a department.

He's a physics professor at Harvard.
My professor allowed me to retake the test.
2. 'teacher'

Don't use 'professor' to refer to a person who teaches at a school or similar institution. Use teacher.

I'm a qualified French teacher.
The teacher set us some homework.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.teacher - a person whose occupation is teachingteacher - a person whose occupation is teaching
art teacher - someone who teaches art
Bahai - a teacher of or believer in Bahaism
catechist - one who instructs catechumens in preparation for baptism (especially one using a catechism)
private instructor, tutor, coach - a person who gives private instruction (as in singing, acting, etc.)
dance master, dancing-master - a professional teacher of dancing
demonstrator - a teacher or teacher's assistant who demonstrates the principles that are being taught
docent - a teacher at some universities
educator, pedagog, pedagogue - someone who educates young people
English professor, English teacher - someone who teaches English
French teacher - someone who teaches French
governess - a woman entrusted with the care and supervision of a child (especially in a private home)
instructress - a woman instructor
math teacher, mathematics teacher - someone who teaches mathematics
missionary - someone who attempts to convert others to a particular doctrine or program
music teacher - someone who teaches music
preceptor, don - teacher at a university or college (especially at Cambridge or Oxford)
reading teacher - someone who teaches students to read
riding master - someone who teaches horsemanship
school teacher, schoolteacher - a teacher in a school below the college level
science teacher - someone who teaches science
section man - someone who teaches a section of a large college course
teaching fellow - a graduate student with teaching responsibilities
teacher-student relation - the academic relation between teachers and their students
2.teacher - a personified abstraction that teaches; "books were his teachers"; "experience is a demanding teacher"
abstract, abstraction - a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance; "he loved her only in the abstract--not in person"


noun instructor, coach, tutor, don, guide, professor, trainer, lecturer, guru, mentor, educator, handler, schoolteacher, pedagogue, dominie (Scot.), master or mistress, schoolmaster or schoolmistress I'm a teacher with 21 years' experience.
"We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master" [Maria Montessori The Absorbent Mind]
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops" [Henry Brooks Adams The Education of Henry Adams]
"The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence" [A. Bronson Alcot]
"He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches" [George Bernard Shaw Maxims for Revolutionists]
"I owe a lot to my teachers and mean to pay them back some day" [Stephen Leacock]
"It is when the gods hate a man with uncommon abhorrence that they drive him into the profession of a schoolmaster" [Seneca]


One who educates:
giáo viên


A. N (in secondary school) → profesor(a) m/f; (in primary school) → maestro/a m/f
French teacherprofesor(a) m/f de francés
B. CPD teacher training N (Brit) → formación f pedagógica
teacher training college N (for primary schools) → escuela f normal; (for secondary schools) → Instituto m de Ciencias de la EducaciónICE m
see also pet A2


[ˈtiːtʃər] n (gen)enseignant(e) m/f; (in secondary school)professeur mf; (in primary school)instituteur/trice m/f, professeur mf des écoles
I'm a teacher with 21 years' experience → Je suis enseignant et j'ai 21 ans d'expérience.
He's a primary school teacher → Il est instituteur., Il est professeur des écoles.
Thomas is a French teacher → Thomas est professeur de français.
Melanie is a history teacher → Melanie est professeur d'histoire.
six teenagers and their teacher → six adolescents et leur professeurteacher certification n (US)habilitation f à enseignerteacher evaluation n (US)évaluation f pédagogiqueteacher-pupil ratio ntaux m d'encadrement, ratio m professeur élèvesteacher's pet nchouchou mf du professeurteacher training n (British)formation f pédagogique (des enseignants)teacher training college ninstitut universitaire de formation des maîtres, IUFMtea chest n (British)caisse f à théteach-in [ˈtiːtʃɪn] nséminaire m


nLehrer(in) m(f); university teachersHochschullehrer pl, → Lehrkräfte plan (den) Universitäten (form); teachers of English, English teachersEnglischlehrer pl; she is a German teachersie ist Deutschlehrerin


[ˈtiːtʃəʳ] n (gen) → insegnante m/f; (in secondary school) → professore/essa; (in primary school) → maestro/a
French teacher → insegnante di francese


(tiːtʃ) past tense, past participle taught (toːt) verb
to give knowledge, skill or wisdom to a person; to instruct or train (a person). She teaches English / the piano; Experience has taught him nothing.
ˈteacher noun
a person who teaches, especially in a school.
teaching noun
1. the work of teacher. Teaching is a satisfying job; (also adjective) the teaching staff of a school.
2. guidance or instruction. She followed her mother's teaching.
3. something that is taught. one of the teachings of Christ.


مُدَرِّس učitel lærer Lehrer δάσκαλος maestro opettaja professeur učitelj insegnante 教師 교사 onderwijzer lærer nauczyciel professor учитель lärare ครู öğretmen giáo viên 教师


n maestro -tra mf, profesor -ra mf
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The school teacher seen a round brown mole the size of a dime on his left leg above his knee, and four little bits of moles around it, when he was naked, and he said it minded him of Jubiter and his moons; and the children thought it was funny, and so they got to calling him Jubiter, and he's Jubiter yet.
The school teacher and the minister at Temperance had tried and failed; the young artist who came for the summer to sketch the red barn, the ruined mill, and the bridge ended by giving up all these local beauties and devoting herself to the face of a child,--a small, plain face illuminated by a pair of eyes carrying such messages, such suggestions, such hints of sleeping power and insight, that one never tired of looking into their shining depths, nor of fancying that what one saw there was the reflection of one's own thought.
One should be sorry to see greater pride or refinement in the teacher of a school, Harriet.
I looked in vain for her I had first seen the night before; she was not visible: Miss Miller occupied the foot of the table where I sat, and a strange, foreign-looking, elderly lady, the French teacher, as I afterwards found, took the corresponding seat at the other board.