Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
A term applied to several persons whose offices are very different, as,
1. The rector of a parish is a clergyman that has the charge and care of a parish, and possesses all the tithes, &c.
2. The same name is also given to the chief elective officer in several foreign universities, and also to the head master of large schools.
3. Rector is also used in several convents, for the superior officer who governs the house. the Jesuits gave this name to the superiors of such of their houses as were either seminaries or colleges.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Rector'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/r/rector.html. 1802.