dis·​ser·​ta·​tion | \ ˌdi-sər-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce dissertation (audio) \

Definition of dissertation

: an extended usually written treatment of a subject specifically : one submitted for a doctorate wrote her dissertation on an obscure 16th-century poet

Other Words from dissertation

dissertational \ ˌdi-​sər-​ˈtāsh-​nəl How to pronounce dissertation (audio) , -​ˈtā-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of dissertation in a Sentence

He wrote his dissertation on an obscure 16th-century poet.
Recent Examples on the Web Sebald even wrote to Adorno to seek his opinion on his master’s dissertation, which would become his book on Sternheim. Max Norman, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2021 In 1977, that book—which was also the student’s dissertation—won a Bancroft Prize, the highest honor in the history profession. Mark Greif, The Atlantic, 9 Nov. 2021 The reasons for this labor market dynamic are probably best explained in someone’s Ph.D. dissertation, but some of the reasons likely include: Vaccine mandates and other coronavirus mitigation measures. Tom Spiggle, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Then Ellis took the stage after Mandel and gave a lengthy dissertation on the First Amendment. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 26 Oct. 2021 Lucie Silvas enlists Brandi Carlile and Joy Oladokun to form an Americana power trio for this gorgeous dissertation on living versus being alive. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2021 Doug Guthrie spent 1994 riding a single-speed bicycle between factories in Shanghai for a dissertation on Chinese industry. Jack Nicas, New York Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Her dissertation centered on a collection of human remains unearthed at an archaeological site known as Hasanlu, located in Iran. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2021 Once October starts is when the intense work towards your dissertation begins. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 21 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of dissertation

1651, in the meaning defined above

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“Dissertation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissertation. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dissertation

: a long piece of writing about a particular subject that is done to earn an advanced degree at a university


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