the office, dignity, or term of a rector.
Also, rectorship.

1715–25; < Medieval Latin rēctōrātus office of rector, equivalent to Latin rēctōr- (stem of rēctor) rector + -ātus -ate3 Unabridged
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rector (ˈrɛktə)
1.  Church of England Compare vicar a clergyman in charge of a parish in which, as its incumbent, he would formerly have been entitled to the whole of the tithes
2.  RC Church a cleric in charge of a college, religious house, or congregation
3.  Episcopalian Church, Scottish Episcopal Church a clergyman in charge of a parish
4.  chiefly (Brit) the head of certain schools or colleges
5.  (in Scotland) a high-ranking official in a university: now a public figure elected for three years by the students
[C14: from Latin: director, ruler, from regere to rule]

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