Meaning of professoriate

pro•fes•so•ri•ate

Pronunciation: (prō"fu-sôr'ē-it, -sōr'-, prof"u-), [key]
— n.
  1. a group of professors.
  2. the office or post of professor.
  3. all of the academicians in a given place, as at an educational institution or in a country.
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