- The definition of a baccalaureate is a bachelor's degree.
A Bachelor of Arts in English is an example of a baccalaureate.
baccalaureate definition by Webster's New World
- the degree of bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, etc.
- ☆ an address or sermon delivered to a graduating class at commencement
Origin: Midieval Latin baccalaureatus; as if ; from Classical Latin bacca laureus, laurel berry, but actually ; from Midieval Latin baccalaris, vassal farmer, young nobleman seeking to become a knight ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Gaulish an unverified form bakalākos, a staff-bearer, shepherd ; from Classical Latin baculum, staff
baccalaureate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- See bachelor's degree.
- A farewell address in the form of a sermon delivered to a graduating class.
Origin: Medieval Latin baccalaureātus (influenced by bacca, berry, and laureātus, crowned with laurel), from baccalārius, bachelor; see bachelor.