Meaning of docent in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdəʊs(ə)nt/

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  • 1(in certain US and European universities and colleges) a member of the teaching staff immediately below professorial rank.

    ‘After leaving Italy in 1922, Cech wrote his habilitation thesis, becoming a docent at the Charles University of Prague.’
    • ‘In 1920 he returned to St Petersburg to two posts, one as professor at the Polytechnic Institute, and the other as docent at the university.’
    • ‘Mellin was appointed as a docent at the University of Stockholm from 1884-91 but never actually gave any lectures.’
    • ‘On 10 June 1890 Bendixson was appointed as a docent at Stockholm University.’
    • ‘Almost all our professors of mathematics lectured at these clandestine universities, and quite a few of the students then are now professors or docents themselves.’
    • ‘He spent time in both Warsaw and Krakow and on 26 June obtained his habilitation and began lecturing as a docent.’
    • ‘Of course, it did not escape him, that the number of doctorates, habilitations, and docents slowly but surely fell off, although the number of students increased considerably.’
    • ‘Having secured his doctorate, he returned to the Jagiellonian University in Kraków where he was appointed a docent in 1927.’
    • ‘With his qualification to teach in universities, Guenther became a docent at Munich Polytechnicum in 1874.’
    • ‘On 8 February 1917 he became a docent of mathematics at Uppsala University.’
    • ‘The president signed draft legislation granting the professors a 9.45 percent raise; the docents had demanded 18 percent.’
    • ‘In July 1913 Bohr was appointed as a docent in Copenhagen.’
    • ‘He then taught there as a docent, visiting Göttingen in 1901.’
    • ‘In addition to finally recovering from hepatitis and becoming docent at Lund, it was in this same year that he made his next great theoretical breakthrough.’
  • 2A person who acts as a guide, typically on a voluntary basis, in a museum, art gallery, or zoo.

    ‘Museum docents, who will be musicians, will guide school groups through the museum, bringing history alive through performances, storytelling and interactive exhibits.’
    • ‘Today we were the lucky recipients of a private tour, a gift from our friend G. who volunteers at the museum as a docent.’
    • ‘Tour guides/docents will help us explore the emotional, aesthetic and spiritual impact of art in the largest urban sculpture garden in the U.S.’
    • ‘While not quite docents in a museum, they nonetheless will provide you with an overview that is several steps above pidgin history.’
    • ‘Several museum docents come from pioneer families and will happily share gossip about Danville's past.’
    • ‘When we arrived, we followed her around the central room of the temple as if she were a museum docent, listening intently to her stories.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that everyone wants to be a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but plenty of smaller museums can use help.’
    • ‘One of the trip participants, a docent at our museum, remains a close friend and supporter.’
    • ‘For several years He volunteered as a docent at the Cowboy Artists of America Museum.’
    • ‘She works as a docent at the Art Car Museum, an avant-garde gallery in Houston.’
    • ‘An animateur is a hybrid of docent, tour guide, art historian, and artist.’
    • ‘‘Our volunteers serve as docents at the exhibits, perform living history programs, do maintenance work on the ships and assist in special events,’ Schmidt says.’
    • ‘Conducting all of these projects puts tremendous demands on our small staff of 110 employees, even with the help of several hundred docents and volunteers.’
    • ‘All talks and tours are led by specially-trained docents - volunteers who give their time to share their vast knowledge of the history of the RA with the public.’
    • ‘A 45-minute guided tour of the ship led by costumed docents highlights the challenges and hardships faced by Columbus and his crew.’
    • ‘I've been an art museum docent for nearly 20 years.’
    • ‘It's a remarkable deal - his curatorial taste is sharp and his personal commentary more informed than that of any museum docent.’
    • ‘Every few years the museum would offer a course to be a docent.’
    • ‘Museum interns have researched the families, and docents show us photographs of descendants.’
    • ‘There were no such art works, but the agents questioned a museum docent about the artists, who funded the museum, and who had visited the exhibit.’


Late 19th century via German from Latin docent- ‘teaching’, from docere ‘teach’.