baccalaureate[bak′ə lôr′ē it]
- The definition of a baccalaureate is a bachelor's degree.
A Bachelor of Arts in English is an example of a baccalaureate.
- the degree of bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, etc.
- ☆ an address or sermon delivered to a graduating class at commencement
Origin of baccalaureateMedieval Latin baccalaureatus; as if ; from Classical Latin bacca laureus, laurel berry, but actually ; from Medieval 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
- See bachelor's degree.
- A farewell address in the form of a sermon delivered to a graduating class.
Origin of baccalaureateMedieval Latin baccalaureātus, from baccalārius, bachelor (influenced by laureātus, crowned with laurel); see bachelor.
- The first or lowest academic degree conferred by universities and colleges; a bachelor degree.
- 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.
- (US) A farewell address in the form of a sermon delivered to a graduating class.
From French baccalauréat, from Medieval Latin baccalaureatus, from baccalaureus, an alteration of baccalarius (“young man aspiring to knighthood”), to resemble bacca lauri (“laurel berry”) (the ancient symbol of victory). Compare Bachelor.
During the Renaissance, doctors, upon passing their final examinations, were decorated with berried branches of bay. From this ancient custom derives the French word baccalaureate (from the Latin "bacca," a berry, and "laureus," of laurel), and, by modification, the term "bachelor" in referring to a college degree.