abbreviation or noun

variants or Ph.D.
plural PhDs or Ph.D.s
: the academic degree, title, or rank of doctor of philosophy
He was awarded a PhD in economics.
Jane Smith, Ph.D.
also : a person who has earned the academic degree of doctor of philosophy
The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Watson School of Biological Sciences graduated its first PhDs (14 of them) in June 2004 … Horace Freeland Judson

Word History


New Latin philosophiae doctor

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of PhD was in 1839

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“PhD.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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