noun Etymology: Medieval Latin baccalaureatus, from baccalaureus bachelor, alteration of baccalarius Date: circa 1649 1. the degree of bachelor conferred by universities and colleges 2. a. a sermon to a graduating class b. the service at which this sermon is delivered

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  • baccalaureate — or baccalaureate sermon or baccalaureate address [bak΄ə lôr′ē it] n. [ML baccalaureatus; as if < L bacca laureus, laurel berry, but actually < ML baccalaris, vassal farmer, young nobleman seeking to become a knight < ? Gaul * bakalākos,… …   English World dictionary

  • Baccalaureate — Bac ca*lau re*ate, n. [NL. baccalaureatus, fr. LL. baccalaureus a bachelor of arts, fr. baccalarius, but as if fr. L. bacca lauri bayberry, from the practice of the bachelor s wearing a garland of bayberries. See {Bachelor}.] 1. The degree of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Baccalaureate — Bac ca*lau re*ate, a. Pertaining to a bachelor of arts. [1913 Webster] {Baccalaureate sermon}, in some American colleges, a sermon delivered as a farewell discourse to a graduating class. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • baccalaureate — (n.) 1620s, university degree of a bachelor, from M.L. baccalaureatus, from baccalaureus student with the first degree, altered by a play on words with bacca lauri laurel berry (laurels being awarded for academic success). The Medieval Latin word …   Etymology dictionary

  • baccalaureate — ► NOUN 1) an examination qualifying candidates for higher education. 2) a university bachelor s degree. ORIGIN Latin baccalaureatus, from baccalaureus bachelor …   English terms dictionary

  • Baccalaureate — A baccalaureate is an educational qualification. See Bachelor s degree for background on the term.Baccalaureate may also refer to:*International Baccalaureate, a group of three internationally recognised educational programmes for students aged 3 …   Wikipedia

  • Baccalaureate — Baccalauréat dans le système universitaire anglo saxon Grades tradition anglo saxonne Doctorat Maîtrise Baccalauréat modifier Le baccalauréat dans le système universitaire anglo saxon (en anglais baccalaureate ou bachelor’s degree …   Wikipédia en Français

  • baccalaureate — UK [ˌbækəˈlɔːrɪət] / US [ˌbækəˈlɔrɪət] noun [countable] Word forms baccalaureate : singular baccalaureate plural baccalaureates an examination that you take when you are 18 years old in France and some other countries that allows you to study at… …   English dictionary

  • baccalaureate — [[t]bækəlɔ͟ːriət[/t]] 1) N SING The baccalaureate is an examination taken by students at the age of eighteen in France and some other countries. 2) N COUNT: usu N n In the United States, a baccalaureate service or address is a service that is… …   English dictionary

  • baccalaureate — /bak euh lawr ee it, lor /, n. 1. See bachelor s degree. 2. a religious service held at an educational institution, usually on the Sunday before commencement day. 3. See baccalaureate sermon. [1615 25; < ML baccalaureatus, equiv. to… …   Universalium

  • baccalaureate — bac|ca|lau|re|ate [ ,bækə lɔriət ] noun count 1. ) FORMAL a BACHELOR S DEGREE 2. ) an examination that you take when you are 18 years old in France and some other countries that allows you to study at a university => INTERNATIONAL… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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