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[hed-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈhɛdˈmæs tər, -ˈmɑ stər/
the person in charge of a private school.
Origin of headmaster
1570-80; head + master
Related forms
headmastership, noun Unabridged
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  • The arrival of the headmaster put an end to the conversation.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • As a headmaster he was a gigantic character; of that there can be no doubt whatever.

  • On the Monday morning the headmaster issued a manifesto to the school after prayers.

    The White Feather P. G. Wodehouse
  • It was better than the forged pass signed with the headmaster's name.

    Runaway William Morrison
  • So far, then, we have accumulated the following virtues for the headmaster.

British Dictionary definitions for headmaster


a male principal of a school Gender-neutral form head teacher
Derived Forms
headmastership, noun
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Word Origin and History for headmaster

1570s, from head (adj.) + master (n.).

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