Baccalaureate meaning

băk'ə-lôr'ē-ĭt
The definition of a baccalaureate is a bachelor's degree.

A Bachelor of Arts in English is an example of a baccalaureate.

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A farewell address in the form of a sermon delivered to a graduating class.
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The degree of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.
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An address or sermon delivered to a graduating class at commencement.
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The first or lowest academic degree conferred by universities and colleges; a bachelor degree.
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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.
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(US) A farewell address in the form of a sermon delivered to a graduating class.
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Origin of baccalaureate

  • Medieval Latin baccalaureātus from baccalārius bachelor (influenced by laureātus crowned with laurel) bachelor
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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.
    From Wiktionary
  • 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.
    From Wiktionary