• (British) IPA: /ˈdəʊ.sənt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈdoʊ.sənt/


  1. Instructive; that teaches.

docent (plural docents)

  1. A teacher or lecturer at some universities (in central Europe, etc.)
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 1212:
      Zermelo had been a docent at Göttingen when Kit was there and, like Russell, had been preoccupied with the set of all sets that are not members of themselves.
  2. (chiefly, US) A tour guide at a museum, art gallery, historical site, etc.
    The docent greeted the visitors and welcomed them to the Louvre.
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