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
) to rule + -tor -tor
rectorial [rek-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /rɛkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ Show IPA, adjectivesubrector, noun