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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 or 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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  • The schoolmaster replied, he could not answer either of the questions.

  • Then she and the schoolmaster, by one accord, began to laugh.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • When Miss Susan entered her kitchen, the schoolmaster had come down and was putting a stick of wood into the stove.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • They laughed together, and the schoolmaster rose to light his lamp.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • This opinion was natural enough in a schoolmaster, but not in the precise form Wardlaw put it.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • The schoolmaster hesitated, and turned the lamp-wick up and down.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • He was the first schoolmaster of the Greeks, and taught them the letters which were used in his own country across the sea.

    Old Greek Stories James Baldwin
  • Handkerchiefs for the schoolmaster, stockings and gloves for Solon!

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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