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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