mortarboard

noun
mor·tar·board | \ˈmȯr-tər-ˌbȯrd \

Definition of mortarboard 

1 : an academic cap consisting of a closely fitting headpiece with a broad flat projecting square top

2a : hawk sense 2

b : a board or platform about three feet (one meter) square for holding mortar

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Examples of mortarboard in a Sentence

The students donned robes and mortarboards for graduation.

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More and more, Bock has noticed political themes on mortarboards. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "As students express themselves on caps, commencement formality goes by the (mortar)boards," 11 May 2018 Instead of donning mortarboards to toss in the air, graduates of the Seattle Indian Health Board’s residency program were wrapped in Native songs, blessings and blankets. Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Indian Health Board’s residency program celebrates its graduates," 30 June 2018 The Vernon Board of Education voted against allowing Rockville High School graduates to decorate their mortarboards for the school's graduation. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Board Denies Decorated Mortarboards," 19 June 2018 His tweet, with the hashtag gsu18 and a photo of him with mortarboard atop his white hair, connected with people. Matt Kempner, ajc, "Kempner: How this selfie sensation from Cobb took 49 years to graduate," 14 May 2018 Lake Virtual School graduates will receive their diplomas Thursday night while East Ridge High grads will don their mortarboards Saturday at CFE Arena at UCF, where South Lake’s ceremony also will be held. Rosemarie Dowell, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Project Graduation returns to Mount Dora High, one year after thieves tried to ruin party," 14 May 2018 Many graduates decorated the top of their mortarboards, including Danielle Adaska. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, "Mundelein High School celebrates Class of 2018," 14 May 2018 With the gradual approach of summer, this year's batch of new graduates is gearing up to toss their caps and mortarboards, set gifted flowers in water, and deposit any congratulatory checks. refinery29.com, "Debunking The 5 Biggest Student Loan Myths," 9 May 2018 Law school grads will don their mortarboard caps on May 19 this year. Eugene Register-guard, OregonLive.com, "Webcam at UO offers bird's-eye view of osprey nest," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of mortarboard

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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mortarboard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mortarboard

: a hat with a flat square top that is worn for special ceremonies at some schools

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