Rector meaning

rĕktər
(obs.) A ruler, governor, or leader.
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The principal of certain schools, colleges, and universities.
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An Episcopal minister in charge of a parish.
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In the Church of England,
  • A member of the clergy who holds the rights and tithes of a parish.
  • The priest leading a team ministry.
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In certain schools, colleges, and universities, the head or headmaster.
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In the Anglican Church, a cleric in charge of a parish and who owns the tithes of it.
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In the Roman Catholic Church, a cleric with managerial as well as spiritual responsibility for a church or other institution.
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A headmaster in various educational institutions, e.g. a university.
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An English surname; derived from the German surname Richter.
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A town in Arkansas.
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A cleric in charge of a parish in the Episcopal Church.
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An Anglican parish priest in a parish where historically the priest was entitled to the tithes.
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A Roman Catholic priest appointed to be managerial as well as spiritual head of a church or other institution, such as a seminary or university.
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Origin of rector

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin rēctor director from rēctus past participle of regere to rule reg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin, itself from rectus, past participle of regere 'to direct'

    From Wiktionary