headmaster

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EtymologyEdit

head +‎ master.

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headmaster (plural headmasters, feminine headmistress)

  1. (chiefly Britain) A male school principal.

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The term is gender-specific, and refers to a male in the position. A female in the same role would be called a headmistress. In the United States, the shortened version of 'master' was used in some universities to refer to the faculty leader of a residential space regardless of gender.

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