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 (dō′sənt, dō-sĕnt′)
1. A teacher or lecturer at some universities who is not a regular faculty member.
2. A lecturer or tour guide in a museum or cathedral.

[German Dozent, from Latin docēns, docent-, present participle of docēre, to teach; see dek- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. a voluntary worker who acts as a guide in a museum, art gallery, etc
2. (Education) (in the US) a lecturer in some colleges or universities
[C19: from German Dozent, from Latin docēns from docēre to teach]
ˈdocentˌship n
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(ˈdoʊ sənt; Ger. doʊˈtsɛnt)

2. a college or university lecturer.
3. a knowledgeable guide, esp. one who conducts visitors through a museum.
[1630–40; < German Dozent < Latin docent-, s. of docēns, present participle of docēre to teach]
do′cent•ship`, n.
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, docible, docile - Docent comes from Latin docere, "to teach"; docible is "capable of learning" and docile first meant "teachable."
See also related terms for teacher.
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A lecturer in some colleges or universities, especially one who is not a regular member of a faculty.
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Noun1.docent - a teacher at some universitiesdocent - a teacher at some universities  
instructor, teacher - a person whose occupation is teaching
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Each bus is accompanied by a docent provided by the Schaumburg Township Historical Society who will narrate the tour.
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Since 2011, Wiener had served as a docent at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
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Charles White, was an accomplished professional artist and served as a member of the Flint (Michigan) Artist Market organization and volunteered as a teacher and docent at the Flint Institute of Arts, where she was also a member of the Founders Society Board.
On retiring to Lewes, Delaware, in 1991, he initiated the docent program at the University of Delaware's College of Marine Studies, which he led for 12 years.
After his Navy years, Lewis learned about the USS Hornet through a member of the Horseless Carriage Club and decided it would be great fun to relive some past memories, so he signed up to be a docent. It's been 16 years since then, and we talked to him to learn more.
Willamalane Parks & Recreation District - Seeks docent for the Dorris Ranch Living History Program to dress in period costume and lead sessions with youth and adult groups; must be 16 years old and pass a background check.
Best of all, you can explore at your own pace--you no longer have to trail behind a docent.
Most recently he worked part time at The Classic Car Museum of Sarasota as a docent and enjoyed it very much.
From my position as a docent at a museum that displays a MiG-15, several pages dealing with Soviets in Korea were very helpful.