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[doh-suh nt; German doh-tsent] /ˈdoʊ sənt; German doʊˈtsɛnt/
a college or university lecturer.
a person who is a knowledgeable guide, especially one who conducts visitors through a museum and delivers a commentary on the exhibitions.
Origin of docent
1630-40; < German Dozent < Latin docent- (stem of docēns, present participle of docēre), equivalent to doc- teach + -ent -ent
Related forms
docentship, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for docent
  • If you're less so, you can be a docent or a greeter.
  • If you prefer the guidance of a host, join a one-hour, docent-led ship tour.
  • Candidates are required to participate in a series of docent training sessions.
  • docents volunteer on a weekly basis, or as the schedule dictates, and participate in monthly docent meetings.
  • Attending a training course in historic interpretation is a prerequisite for becoming a historic interpreter docent.
  • Work with a docent during a two-hour session to complete badges.
  • The birthplace is open to visitors, who must be accompanied by a docent on their tour.
  • For over ten years, she has been a docent at the museum in addition to other volunteer services in the community.
British Dictionary definitions for docent


a voluntary worker who acts as a guide in a museum, art gallery, etc
(dəʊˈsɛnt; German) (doˈtsɛnt). (in the US) a lecturer in some colleges or universities
Derived Forms
docentship, noun
Word Origin
C19: from German Dozent, from Latin docēns from docēre to teach
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Word Origin and History for docent

1630s, from Latin docentem (nominative docens), present participle of docere "to teach" (see doctor). As a noun, from 1880.

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