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baccalaureate

Noun

1 a farewell sermon to a graduating class at their commencement ceremonies
2 an academic degree conferred on someone who has successfully completed undergraduate studies [syn: bachelor's degree]

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English

Etymology

From French baccalauréat or its source, mediaeval 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.

Pronunciation

/bækəˈlɔ:rɪət/

Noun

  1. The first or lowest academical degree conferred by universities and colleges; a bachelor degree.
  2. A highschool completion exam and qualification awarded in many countries (e.g. Finland, France, Moldova, Romania), designed to enable students to go on to higher education.
    Compare: the International Baccalaureate.
  3. (United States) A farewell address in the form of a sermon delivered to a graduating class.

Translations

bachelor degree
examination to enable higher education
qualification awarded after passing the baccalaureate exam

Adjective

baccalaureate
  1. Pertaining to a bachelor of arts.

Extensive Definition

A baccalaureate is an educational qualification. See Bachelor's degree for background on the term.
baccalaureate may also refer to:
baccalaureate in French: Baccalauréat
baccalaureate in Dutch: Baccalaureaat
baccalaureate in Spanish: Bachillerato
baccalaureate in Romanian: Bacalaureat
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