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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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  • Working in pairs, ask students to send to the headmaster or principal the postcard that pops up at the end of virtual exhibit.
  • They've blogged, but with the ghastly unease of one's high school headmaster trying to rap.
  • His father was the headmaster of the local gymnasium, which he attended until he was expelled for insubordination.
  • Eventually the headmaster was forced to step in and ban trading.
  • Following a probe by the local education authorities the headmaster of the school and two teachers were sacked.
  • But he was a stern headmaster, canceling an annual snow-sculpture contest because it smacked of idolatry.
  • If all or part of the continuous employment is in a private school, please submit a verification letter from the headmaster.
  • Widely accepted as the headmaster who made the school what it was at its prime.
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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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