dis·​ser·​ta·​tion ˌdi-sər-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce dissertation (audio)
: an extended usually written treatment of a subject
specifically : one submitted for a doctorate
wrote her dissertation on an obscure 16th-century poet
ˌdi-sər-ˈtāsh-nəl How to pronounce dissertation (audio)

Examples of dissertation in a Sentence

He wrote his dissertation on an obscure 16th-century poet.
Recent Examples on the Web Her dissertation was about her work with E.F.T., and she was hired by University of Ottawa to teach in its department of psychology. Penelope Green, New York Times, 28 May 2024 In later years, Brown would go on to add a Dr. to her name, earning a Ph.D. in U.S. history and writing her dissertation about the history of civil rights in her home city of Charleston. Rayna Reid Rayford, Essence, 28 May 2024 To the Senate, Amy split her allotted two minutes between detailing personal tragedy and defending her dissertation on male coaches’ perceptions of their role and capacity in supporting male student athletes’ mental health. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 16 May 2024 In December, Tillman successfully defended her dissertation, becoming the youngest person to earn a doctoral degree in integrated behavioral health at Arizona State, according to associate professor Leslie Manson. Melissa Noel, Essence, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for dissertation 

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Word History

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dissertation was in 1651

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“Dissertation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissertation. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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dis·​ser·​ta·​tion ˌdis-ər-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce dissertation (audio)
: a long usually written treatment of a subject
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