Definition of doctor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdɒktə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːktər//
    (abbreviation Dr) Medical staff, University people, Professions
    jump to other results
  1. 1  a person who has been trained in medical science, whose job is to treat people who are ill/sick or injured You'd better see a doctor about that cough. Doctor Staples (= as a title/form of address) WordfinderA & E, admit, consultant, doctor, hospital, ICU, inpatient, nurse, operation, ward Wordfindercure, doctor, examine, medicine, patient, practice, prescribe, receptionist, specialist, surgeon See related entries: Medical staff, Professions
  2. 2  doctor’s a place where a doctor sees patients an appointment at the doctor’s More Like This Shops, etc. with apostrophes baker’s, barber’s, butcher’s, chemist’s, dentist’s, doctor’s, fishmonger’s, florist’s, greengrocer’s, grocer’s, hairdresser’s, ironmonger’s, jeweller’s, newsagent’s, optician’s, stationer’s, tobacconist’s, travel agent’sSee worksheet.
  3. 3  a person who has received the highest university degree a Doctor of Philosophy/Law Doctor Franks (= as a title/form of address) See related entries: University people
  4. 4(especially North American English) used as a title or form of address for a dentist
  5. Word OriginMiddle English (in the senses ‘learned person’ and ‘Doctor of the Church’): via Old French from Latin doctor ‘teacher’ (from docere ‘teach’).Extra examples He left the hospital against doctor’s orders. The doctor advised me to rest. The doctor will see you now. We called the doctor immediately. Who is your family doctor? You should register with a doctor as soon as possible. doctors who practise from home Why won’t he go to the doctor? You’d better see a doctor about that cough. a hospital doctorIdioms
    just what the doctor ordered
    jump to other results
    (humorous) exactly what somebody wants or needs
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: doctor