n. Abbr. R.
1. A cleric in charge of a parish in the Episcopal Church.
2. An Anglican parish priest in a parish where historically the priest was entitled to the tithes.
3. 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.
4. The principal of certain schools, colleges, and universities.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rēctor, director, from , rēctus past participle of regere, to rule; see reg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
rector·ate (-ĭt) n.
rec·tori·al (rĕk-tôrē-əl) adj.
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