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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Recent Examples on the Web Jimena Cristerna takes advanced placement and international baccalaureate classes at George Washington High School in Denver, plays soccer, swims and is active in several clubs, including the National Honor Society and the Latino Association. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s college admission officers don’t have time to look at your Instagram. Here’s what they’re looking for.," 6 Nov. 2019 Haarburger has a degree in geography and a minor in anthropology from Eastern Michigan University, as well as a post-baccalaureate technical certificate in geographic information systems from Cleveland State University., "Asteroid 1999JH1 now renamed for South Euclid-Lyndhurst area," 19 July 2019 Kamal grew up in Fez, moved to France after his baccalaureate and studied chemical engineering in Normandy. David Brown, Washington Post, "In Morocco, 44 hours of lingering in a small village leaves a big impression," 30 Aug. 2019 These are a three-year diploma program typically administered in hospitals; a three-year associate degree usually offered at community colleges; and the four-year baccalaureate degree offered at senior colleges and universities. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "BSN degree can result in more hirability, increased pay," 23 Aug. 2019 The data included public, four-year institutions offering baccalaureate degrees and above. Max Londberg,, "Share of Ohioans enrolled in incoming classes at some state-run colleges has decreased. Why?," 20 Aug. 2019 The data included public, four-year institutions offering baccalaureate degrees and above, not including military academies. Teghan Simonton, USA TODAY, "Despite trends, some public colleges say they are fighting to keep in-state students home," 19 Aug. 2019 The data included public, four-year institutions offering baccalaureate degrees and above, not including military academies. Teghan Simonton, USA Today, "College recruiters aggressively go after out-of-state kids," 19 Aug. 2019 Raised in East Hartford, Betty graduated from the Mount Saint Joseph Academy, followed by a year at Bay Path University, and completed her baccalaureate at Saint Joseph College in West Hartford., "Elizabeth Jane Doyle," 21 July 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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