el catedrático, la catedrática(
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
1. (university teacher)
a. professor
El escritor fue catedrático de Literatura Española de nuestra universidad, lo que es motivo de orgullo para todos nosotros.The writer was a professor of Spanish Literature at our university, which is a source of pride for all of us.
2. (high school teacher)
a. department head
Es el catedrático el que decide cuál es el plan de estudios que se imparte en cada curso.It's the department head who decides on the syllabus taught each year.
b. head of department (United Kingdom)
El departamento de biología de la escuela está muy bien organizado. La catedrática es una mujer muy competente.The school's biology department is very well organized. The head of department is a very able woman.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
El Sr. Gómez es el catedrático de historia de la escuela secundaria de mi hijo.Mr. Gomez is the head of the history department at my son's high school.
El catedrático de inglés se jubila este año, y hay dos profesores que aspiran al puesto.The head of the English department is retiring this year, and there are two teachers aspiring to the position.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (de universidad)
a. professor
2. (de instituto)
a. head of department
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catedráticoa catedrática
1 [de universidad] professor
catedrático/a de inglés professor of English
2 (en enseñanza secundaria) head of department
catedrático/a de inglés head of English; head of the English department
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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