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Definition of rector:

  1. A clergyman in charge of a parish.
  2. A clergyman who has the charge and cure of a parish, and has the tithes, etc.; the clergyman of a parish where the tithes are not impropriate. See the Note under Vicar.
  3. A ruler or governor.
  4. The chief elective officer of some universities, as in France and Scotland; sometimes, the head of a college; as, the of Exeter College, or of Lincoln College, at Oxford.
  5. The head master of a public school.
  6. The superior officer or chief of a convent or religious house; and among the Jesuits the superior of a house that is a seminary or college.


minister, subgenus Pastor, parson, pastor, minister of religion, curate, government minister, diplomatic minister.

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