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Webster 1913 Edition


Baccalaureate

Bac′ca-lau′re-ate

,
Noun.
[NL.
baccalaureatus
, fr. LL.
baccalaureus
a bachelor of arts, fr.
baccalarius
, but as if fr. L.
bacca lauri
bayberry, from the practice of the bachelor’s wearing a garland of bayberries. See
Bachelor
.]
1.
The degree of bachelor of arts (B.A. or A.B.), the first or lowest academical degree conferred by universities and colleges.
2.
A baccalaureate sermon.
[U.S.]

Bacˊca-lau′re-ate

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Adj.
Pertaining to a bachelor of arts.
Baccalaureate sermon
,
in some American colleges, a sermon delivered as a farewell discourse to a graduating class.

Webster 1828 Edition


Baccalaureate

BACCALAU'REATE

,
Noun.
[The first part of this word is from the same root as bachelor; or as Bailey supposes, from bacca, berry; and the latter part, from laurea, a laurel, from the practice of wearing a garland of bay berries.]
The degree of bachelor of arts.

Definition 2022


baccalaureate

baccalaureate

English

Noun

baccalaureate (plural baccalaureates)

  1. A bachelor's degree.
  2. A high school completion exam and qualification awarded in many countries (e.g. Finland, France, Moldova, Romania), designed to enable students to go on to higher education.
  3. (US) A farewell address in the form of a sermon delivered to a graduating class.

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