a member of the clergy in charge of a parish in the Protestant Episcopal Church.
Roman Catholic Church. an ecclesiastic in charge of a college, religious house, or congregation.
Anglican Church. a member of the clergy who has the charge of a parish with full possession of all its rights, tithes, etc.
the head of certain universities, colleges, and schools.

1350–1400; Middle English rectour < Latin rēctor helmsman, ruler, leader, equivalent to reg(ere) to rule + -tor -tor

rectorial [rek-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-] , adjective
subrector, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To rector
World English Dictionary
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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L. rector "ruler, governor, guide," from rect-, pp. stem of regere "to rule, guide" (see regal). Used originally of Roman governors and God, by 18c. generally restricted to clergymen and college heads. Rectory first recorded mid-15c. as "the benefice held by
a rector;" of his residence, first recorded 1849.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
And though the door was shut in my face, it was not by the rector, or with malice prepense.
When the university rector tried to intervene, he was set upon and knee-capped with iron bars by the attackers.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature