doctorate definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- 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: Midieval Latin doctoratus
doctorate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The degree or status of a doctor as conferred by a university.