- A teacher; one skilled in a profession, or branch of knowledge; a learned man.(Obs)"One of the doctors of Italy, Nicholas Macciavel." [ Bacon.]
- An academical title, originally meaning a man so well versed in his department as to be qualified to teach it. Hence: One who has taken the highest degree conferred by a university or college, or has received a diploma of the highest degree; as, a doctor of divinity, of law, of medicine, of music, or of philosophy. Such diplomas may confer an honorary title only.
- One duly licensed to practice medicine; a member of the medical profession; a physician."By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death Will seize the doctor too." [ Shak.]
- Any mechanical contrivance intended to remedy a difficulty or serve some purpose in an exigency; as, the doctor of a calico-printing machine, which is a knife to remove superfluous coloring matter; the doctor, or auxiliary engine, called also donkey engine.
- [Zoöl] The friar skate.(Prov. Eng)
Etymology: OF. doctur, L. doctor, teacher, fr. docere to teach. See Docile