\ ˈgrad How to pronounce grad (audio) \

Definition of grad

 (Entry 1 of 3)



Definition of grad (Entry 2 of 3)

: one hundredth of a right angle

Definition of grad (Entry 3 of 3)

Examples of grad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun or adjective

Recee Caldwell, a grad transfer who before going to UCLA and then Texas Tech was verbally committed to Baylor, scored 12 points. Stephen Hawkins, The Seattle Times, "Baylor women 11th Sweet 16 in row after beating Cal 102-63," 25 Mar. 2019 Mortazavi, who is in the process of applying for Canadian citizenship, is now hesitant about the prospect of grad school in the US. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "US travel ban blocking students from presenting their research," 14 Nov. 2018 About two decades ago, faced with student loan debt after grad school, Tessler could have used someone to help her with her money issues—not just teach her how to pay off her debt, but to address the emotional baggage that came with it. Chloé Braithwaite, SELF, "5 Questions With a Financial Therapist," 21 Sep. 2018 Scott Spencer, a sit-one/play-two transfer from Clemson, followed soon after that, and BU grad transfer Cheddi Mosely, who committed in June, will be eligible this fall. Josh Verlin, Philly.com, "Recruiting: Winning means more college offers for Haverford School's Christian Ray," 3 July 2018 Ofodile is one of two grad transfers from Oregon who will play for Mizzou in the fall. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Barry Odom thinks Mizzou can 'lean on' veterans like Drew Lock this summer," 13 June 2018 The Cougars added grad transfers Darrion Owens, a linebacker from Miami, and Tennessee quarterback Quinten Dormady this offseason. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "UH football adds graduate transfer Raelon Singleton," 8 May 2018 This week the Journal’s Jason Riley reviewed the results: In 1970, about 12% of recent college grads came from the bottom 25% of the income distribution. James Freeman, WSJ, "Remember When Politicians Promised to Make College Affordable?," 17 Jan. 2019 The Stanford grad is the co-author of The Handbook of Nanotechnology: Business, Policy, and Intellectual Property Law. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Who Is Jennifer Garner's Boyfriend, John Miller?," 24 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

More than three decades ago, a young Columbia University grad named Barack Obamastruggled mightily as a community organizer in Chicago. James Freeman, WSJ, "The Community Obama Still Can’t Organize," 20 Feb. 2019 Randolph's in grad school for speech pathology and just finished her winter term, so that could explain her fairly quiet life of late. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "What 'Bachelor' Contestant Cassie Randolph's Instagram Tells Us About Her Post-Show Life," 5 Feb. 2019 Simons, 19, graduated from Edgewater in 2017 and bypassed college to play a post-grad season at IMG Academy of Bradenton prior to becoming a pro. Buddy Collings, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Anfernee Simons signs NBA deal with Portland," 3 July 2018 Most are set to play Division I, II or III football in the fall, while others will be doing post-grad years at various prep schools. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Governor's Cup Gives Players One Last Chance To Shine On The High School Football Field," 29 June 2018 High school-only grads Employers increasingly favor college graduates over people with only a high school diploma. CBS News, "Why the robust economy doesn't reflect the reality for many Americans," 16 June 2018 High school-only grads Employers increasingly favor college graduates over people with only a high school diploma. Josh Boak, USA TODAY, "Why aren't many Americans benefiting from the robust U.S. economy?," 15 June 2018 While high school and college seniors gear up to begin their post-grad lives, select stars are preparing to deliver inspiring, hilarious and life-altering speeches on graduation day. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, "The Best Advice from the Celebrity Commencement Speeches of 2018," 23 May 2018 First jobs don’t have to be dream jobs, but new college grads also shouldn’t just settle for a bad job. Valencia Higuera, The Seattle Times, "9 biggest career mistakes college grads make," 20 Feb. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'grad.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of grad

Noun or adjective

circa 1871, in the meaning defined above


1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grad

Noun or adjective

by shortening


French grade degree, from Latin gradus

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about grad

Statistics for grad

Last Updated

9 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for grad

The first known use of grad was circa 1871

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on grad

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with grad

Britannica English: Translation of grad for Arabic Speakers

Comments on grad

What made you want to look up grad? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


an act or instance of returning to life

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!