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The word rector has a number of different meanings.

In some countries, a Rector is the head of a university or school. At some universities he has the title of rector magnificus.

In religion, a rector is a type of Anglican priest. In the Church of England, for historical reasons, some priests are the vicars and others are rectors. The rector directly receives the tithes of his parish, while the vicar does not, and is paid a salary by his diocese. In the Church of Ireland, all priests are rectors, not vicars.

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