The definition of a baccalaureate is a bachelor's degree.(noun)
A Bachelor of Arts in English is an example of a baccalaureate.
See baccalaureate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ML baccalaureatus; as if < L bacca laureus, laurel berry, but actually < ML baccalaris, vassal farmer, young nobleman seeking to become a knight < ? Gaul *bakalākos, a staff-bearer, shepherd < L baculum, staff
See baccalaureate in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Medieval Latin baccalaureātus (influenced by bacca, berry, and laureātus, crowned with laurel)
Origin: , from baccalārius, bachelor; see bachelor.
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