doc·​tor·​ate | \ ˈdäk-t(ə-)rət How to pronounce doctorate (audio) \

Definition of doctorate

: the degree, title, or rank of a doctor

Examples of doctorate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After graduating high school, Blake went to college, earned an undergraduate degree in Spanish and American cultural studies and later earned a doctorate in technology management. Pam Mcloughlin, Hartford Courant, 16 July 2022 Two years after graduating from Amherst College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and natural sciences in 1972, Mr. Gluckstern earned a doctorate in organizational change at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. New York Times, 21 June 2022 According to The Juilliard School, Dupre la Tour received his doctorate in musical arts from the school in 2009. Hartford Courant, 30 May 2022 Swift received her doctorate from Jason King, chair of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 May 2022 First Lady Jill Biden also graduated from the University of Delaware in the 1970s and received her doctorate in education from the school in 2007. Paul Best, Fox News, 19 Apr. 2022 Green, a Bay Area native, received her doctorate in nuclear engineering at UC Berkeley. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Apr. 2022 His mother, Elizabeth, received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2022 Li received her doctorate from Yale University in 2003 and went on to work as a biostatistician in academic institutions and the pharmaceutical industry, friends and her ex-husband said. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of doctorate

1570, in the meaning defined above

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“Doctorate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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