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Definition of mortarboard

1 : an academic cap consisting of a closely fitting headpiece with a broad flat projecting square top
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Inside or outside though, the graduates still moved their mortarboard tassels from right to left and received their diplomas. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Mayde Creek HS first of eight in-person Katy ISD graduations," 18 June 2020 After the cap-and-gown photo, teachers grabbed videos of each senior flipping their tassel and throwing their mortarboard in faux celebration, all within a few hundred yards of their old high school. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "For graduates, North Texas schools find creative ways to create pomp, given the circumstances," 13 June 2020 Melissa Gomes fixes the tassel on the mortarboard of Sarah Anggraini as the new graduate gets ready for a photo at Chaffey College, which held a drive-through graduation, in Rancho Cucamonga. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, "Gyms, museums, hotels, day camps, arena sports can reopen in L.A. County on Friday," 10 June 2020 Once outside, following tradition, graduate Sarah Bacho gleefully threw her mortarboard into the air. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Medina High School celebrates graduation over three-day period," 15 May 2020 Gone are the ceremonial tours through elementary school hallways, stadium processions and mass mortarboard tosses. oregonlive, "Coronavirus closures alter high school graduation ceremonies, state releases new guidance," 30 Apr. 2020 And even though there won't be any official graduation ceremonies, encourage your grad to walk across the room proudly to receive her diploma, don his robes, joyously throw his mortarboard in the air. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "#Graduation2020 Will Celebrate This Year's Grads With Wisdom From Oprah, Simone Biles, and More," 28 Apr. 2020 Charles Bork, art director at the time, wanted to do a cover showing Alfred E. Neuman, Mad’s gap-toothed iconic doofus, wearing a mortarboard and gown, and called up Mad for permission to copy the character. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 16 Apr. 2020 On May 16, 2016, scores of adoring parents gathered at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus, beaming as 2,225 undergraduates threw their mortarboards into the air, colorful graduation cords swinging from their necks. Rebecca Tan, Longreads, "Paul Clarke Wants to Live," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of mortarboard

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mortarboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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