- any degree at the highest level awarded by universities, either as an indication of the successful completion of academic study, as Doctor of Philosophy, or as an honorary degree and title, as Doctor of Lawsalso doctor's (degree)
- the status of doctor
Origin of doctorateMedieval Latin doctoratus
The degree or status of a doctor as conferred by a university.
(third-person singular simple present doctorates, present participle doctorating, simple past and past participle doctorated)
- (archaic) To make into a doctor.