Latin for teacher.
Also, the origin of such words as master, Mister, Maestro, and magistrate.
Derived from magnus (great).
Ma*gis"ter (?), n. [L. See Master.]
Master; sir; -- a title of the Middle Ages, given to a person in authority, or to one having a license from a university to teach philosophy and the liberal arts.
© Webster 1913.
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