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[skool-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈskulˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər/
a man who presides over or teaches in a school.
anything that teaches or directs:
Life can be a harsh schoolmaster.
a snapper, Lutjanus apodus, a food fish found in Florida, the West Indies, etc.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to teach or direct in the capacity of schoolmaster.
Origin of schoolmaster
1175-1225; Middle English scolemaister. See school1, master
Related forms
schoolmastership, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for schoolmaster
  • One loyal schoolmaster carried the emperor's portrait to a place of safety before seeking out his own family.
  • The boys' father, a schoolmaster, taught them to climb.
  • Taking shelter at an inn, the traveler mentions the apparition, and now the local schoolmaster steps in.
  • Back home, he settled down pacifically to act as schoolmaster to his two nephews.
  • As the schoolmaster vanishes, the conditions arise which should bring forth the vocation of the independent educator.
  • Brief as was his apprenticeship to the schoolmaster trade, one might possibly conjecture that it left some mark upon him.
  • In this new film, the boys the schoolmaster tormented so badly are all grown up and have settled into their lives.
  • The first major change is in her relationship with her self-involved schoolmaster husband.
  • And there was his schoolmaster, sitting on a wood pile, reading.
  • The first floor contained three rooms used for billiards, a small school the society operated, and quarters for the schoolmaster.
British Dictionary definitions for schoolmaster


a man who teaches in or runs a school
a person or thing that acts as an instructor
a food fish, Lutjanus apodus, of the warm waters of the Caribbean and Atlantic: family Lutjanidae (snappers)
verb (intransitive)
to be a schoolmaster
Derived Forms
schoolmastering, noun
schoolmasterish, adjective
schoolmasterly, adjective
schoolmastership, noun
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schoolmaster in the Bible

the law so designated by Paul (Gal. 3:24, 25). As so used, the word does not mean teacher, but pedagogue (shortened into the modern page), i.e., one who was intrusted with the supervision of a family, taking them to and from the school, being responsible for their safety and manners. Hence the pedagogue was stern and severe in his discipline. Thus the law was a pedagogue to the Jews, with a view to Christ, i.e., to prepare for faith in Christ by producing convictions of guilt and helplessness. The office of the pedagogue ceased when "faith came", i.e., the object of that faith, the seed, which is Christ.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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