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

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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 In fact, her work today, and even her dissertation research, was inspired by her experience as a young musician. BostonGlobe.com, "At Urbano, a scholar connects young artists with ‘deeply local’ educators," 30 Mar. 2021 One of the book’s emotional subplots concerns Dorothy’s now distant relationship with Judith, her dissertation adviser. New York Times, "A Debut Novel With Prose as Lively as Its Heroine’s Mind," 15 Mar. 2021 Her first book, which started as a doctoral dissertation, covered the post-Watergate investigations of FBI and CIA abuses. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Conspiracies run amok. (Did you hear the one about Joan Rivers, Michelle Obama and the Clintons?)," 2 Apr. 2021 The book grew out of his dissertation at Catholic University of America. Daniel B. Klein, National Review, "Collins’s Burke," 1 Apr. 2021 Fashion critics have remarked that the dense press notes that accompany Wales Bonner fashion shows can be rather dissertation-like. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "Grace Wales Bonner, Fashion's Most Academic Designer, is Also Its Future," 27 Mar. 2021 Based on Bachelier’s dissertation, the economists developed the eponymous Black-Scholes model for option pricing. Frederick Kaufman, The New Yorker, "A Brief History of the Hedge Fund," 19 Mar. 2021 For her dissertation, Burns studied how systems of power and privilege affect students in an online classroom environment. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Irving teacher, a military veteran and social justice advocate, honored with state proclamation," 3 Mar. 2021 His wife, Kitty, is an American lawyer who went to Mauritania to do her dissertation post-grad in international law and human rights. Angela Dawson, Forbes, "Kevin Macdonald Explores Unfair Detainee Treatment In ‘The Mauritanian’," 1 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of dissertation

1651, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dissertation was in 1651

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4 May 2021

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“Dissertation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissertation. Accessed 8 May. 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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