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 Hanna, who has a doctorate in African Art from the University of Iowa, has curated nearly 30 exhibitions of African, African-American, Native American, Caribbean and Folk art since joining the Birmingham Museum of Art in 2002. al, "Birmingham Museum of Art announces first director of diversity," 26 June 2020 Brown earned her doctorate in sociology from Brown University and a master’s in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Los Angeles Times, "Why the Lakers created a job to guide them on racial equity," 19 June 2020 Phyllis Ann Wallace, the first woman to receive doctorate of economics at Yale University, focused on racial, as well as gender discrimination in the workplace. Fanta Traore, Fortune, "19 Black economists to celebrate and know, this Juneteenth and beyond," 19 June 2020 The 32-year-old, who earned her doctorate in geographic information science from Texas State University, is working as a data analyst for a software company in Milford, Massachusetts. Philip Marcelo, The Christian Science Monitor, "Will visa restrictions last? Foreign workers, students hope not.," 17 June 2020 Occidental College rescinded his honorary doctorate in 2019, in light of his racist and authoritarian views. Paula Allen,, "Hunt is on for massive San Antonio pecan tree photographed in early 1900s by controversial eugenics promoter," 13 June 2020 And for that, an honorary doctorate feels like an appropriate move by Oregon. oregonlive, "Canzano: It’s about to be Dr. Phil Knight at the University of Oregon," 12 June 2020 Naia Butler-Craig is working toward a doctorate in aerospace engineering, with the goal of eventually becoming an astronaut herself. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Black engineers see both pride and exclusion in the return of human spaceflight," 10 June 2020 She was also paid a higher hourly rate, in the low $70s, because of her 13 years of clinical experience and doctorate in nursing. Laura Garcia,, "San Antonio nurse returns from COVID-19 hot zone," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of doctorate

1570, in the meaning defined above

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“Doctorate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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: the highest degree that is given by a university

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