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Docent – Glossary Definition

Docent – Glossary Definition

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A docent answering questions at a train museum. Image by Vane Monte from Pixabay.

What is a Docent?

A docent, in travel terminology, is someone who leads guided tours, especially in a museum, art gallery, zoo, or other such cultural institution. A docent will be knowledgeable about the particular place, delivering commentary and answering questions which any participants may have on the tour’s subject(s).

Pronunciation: DOH-suhnt

More on Docents

A docent is essentially a tour guide, though one in more cultural settings instead of a city tour guide or a pub crawl leader. A docent is usually a volunteer, but sometimes they may accept tips.

Docent is also a term used in colleges and universities for assistant professors or other teachers just below the rank of professor.

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