bac·​ca·​lau·​re·​ate | \ ˌba-kə-ˈlȯr-ē-ət How to pronounce baccalaureate (audio) , -ˈlär- \

Definition of baccalaureate

1 : the degree of bachelor conferred by universities and colleges
2a : a sermon to a graduating class
b : the service at which this sermon is delivered

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First Known Use of baccalaureate

circa 1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for baccalaureate

borrowed from Medieval Latin baccalaureātus, respelling (perhaps influenced by bacca laurī "laurel berry") of bacheleriātus, from bachelarius "knight lacking retainers, young clerk, person with an initial university degree" + Latin -ātus -ate entry 2 — more at bachelor entry 1

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“Baccalaureate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of baccalaureate

: a test taken by students in France and some other countries in order to qualify for attending a university
: a sermon given to a class of graduating students at a school
: the service at which this sermon is given

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