baccalaureate

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noun bac·ca·lau·re·ate \ˌba-kə-ˈlȯr-ē-ət, -ˈlär-\

Definition of baccalaureate

  1. 1 :  the degree of bachelor conferred by universities and colleges

  2. 2a :  a sermon to a graduating classb :  the service at which this sermon is delivered

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 bachelor


First Known Use: circa 1649


BACCALAUREATE Defined for English Language Learners

baccalaureate

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noun bac·ca·lau·re·ate \ˌba-kə-ˈlȯr-ē-ət, -ˈlär-\

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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