li·​cen·​ti·​ate lī-ˈsen(t)-shē-ət How to pronounce licentiate (audio)
 especially in sense 2  li-
: a person who has a license granted especially by a university to practice a profession
: an academic degree ranking below that of doctor given by some European universities

Examples of licentiate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cervantes could have made the ensign read the manuscript aloud to the licentiate. Phil Klay, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 The bishop holds both a licentiate and a doctorate in canon law from the Gregorian University in Rome. al, 25 Mar. 2020 Father Coyne earned a bachelor’s degree in math and a licentiate in philosophy from Fordham University in 1958 and then a doctorate in astronomy from Georgetown University. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2020 He was ordained as a priest for the diocese of San Diego in 1953, his third year of study, and received his licentiate in sacred theology the following year before taking up duties as an associate pastor in St. George’s Parish in Ontario, Calif. William Grimes, New York Times, 6 July 2017 After high school, Bishop Newman earned a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's Seminary in 1950 and a licentiate of sacred theology from The Catholic University in 1954. Tim Prudente,, 21 May 2017

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Word History


Medieval Latin licentiatus, from past participle of licentiare to allow, from Latin licentia

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of licentiate was in 1555

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Cite this Entry

“Licentiate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


li·​cen·​ti·​ate lī-ˈsen-chē-ət How to pronounce licentiate (audio)
: a person who has a license to practice a profession

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