Definition of baccalaureate
1 : the degree of bachelor conferred by universities and colleges
2a : a sermon to a graduating classb : the service at which this sermon is delivered
Recent Examples of baccalaureate from the Web
The ceremony, held May 28 at the Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, included a baccalaureate address by Father Johnpaul Cafiero.
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Origin and Etymology of 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 2-ate — more at 1bachelor
First Known Use: circa 1649See Words from the same year
BACCALAUREATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of baccalaureate for English Language Learners
: 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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