• WordNet 3.6
    • n preceptor teacher at a university or college (especially at Cambridge or Oxford)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Preceptor One who gives commands, or makes rules; specifically, the master or principal of a school; a teacher; an instructor.
    • Preceptor The head of a preceptory among the Knights Templars.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n preceptor A teacher; an instructor; a tutor.
    • n preceptor The head of a preceptory of the Knights Templars.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Preceptor one who delivers precepts: a teacher: an instructor: the head of a school: the head of a preceptory of Knights Templars:—fem. Precep′tress
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praeceptor, fr. praecipere, to teach: cf. F. précepteur,. See Precept
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. præceptumpræcipĕre, to take beforehand—præ, before, capĕre, to take.


In literature:

Moestlin, the old preceptor of Kepler, had generously declined any compensation for his instructions.
"The Martyrs of Science, or, The lives of Galileo, Tycho Brahe, and Kepler" by David Brewster
A spark lighted his talisman, and immediately he remembered the words of his old preceptor Modibjah.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
Much of his discontent was caused by his learned preceptors.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
Here he began the study of law in good earnest, though with no preceptor.
"A Cousin's Conspiracy" by Horatio Alger
Monsieur the Preceptor was not exactly in keeping with his present abode.
"Frances Kane's Fortune" by L. T. Meade
M. de Segrais, who was deaf, was much in the right to decline being preceptor to the Duke de Maine.
"Practical Education, Volume I" by Maria Edgeworth
It is all very well whilst the pupil is under the protection of his preceptor.
"Practical Education, Volume II" by Maria Edgeworth
His memory was remarkable, and he would recite whole passages of his preceptor's sermons.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 8 (of 8)" by Various
Prudence shot a grateful glance in her preceptor's direction.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
Instead of acting as his preceptor we become his tyrant.
"Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle" by H. N. Brailsford
How he longed to show it to his preceptors and discuss it with them!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Such was my preceptor in the French and Italian tongues.
"Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest" by George Borrow
Dame Nature was her sole preceptor in this.
"Mistress Nell" by George C. Hazelton, Jr.
For some years master of the Stationers' School in England and Dean of the College of Preceptors.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
Though young in years I am old in wisdom, and you would go far before you discovered a better preceptor.
"The Daughters of a Genius" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
She listened respectfully when Miss Diffidence was in the preceptor's chair.
"Harper's Round Table, October 29, 1895" by Various
There was but little studying, for our preceptor was not hard on us.
"From Bull Run to Appomattox" by Luther W. Hopkins
My preceptor, although an ecclesiastic, was a man of liberal opinions.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
He had not known with what name or rank his beloved preceptor had been serving over there beyond the Pacific.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
And moreover what permanent preceptor could he have?
"The Wisdom of Confucius" by Epiphanius Wilson

In news:

Hampton, Madison Retirement Center in Williamsburg, and Oakwood Assisted Living in Suffolk -- the state's Board of Long-Term Care Administrators voted Tuesday to revoke the administrator and preceptor licenses of Scott Schuett.
Two members of Xi Delta Epsilon are advancing to the Preceptor Laureate degree.
Preceptors I Knew, a social club , plans a dinner at the Los Banos Elks Lodge, to benefit needy children in Los Banos, Dos Palos and Gustine.
BSP members selected as Sweethearts from their respective BSP chapter were Jeanne Dupont of Gamma Kappa, Tracey Schexnayder of Preceptor Alpha Chi, Dolores Benoit of Preceptor Alpha Iota, and Monica Foote of Laureate Lambda.