Definition of baccalaureate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌbækəˈlɔːriət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌbækəˈlɔːriət//
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  1. 1the last secondary school exam in France and some other countries, and in some international schools to sit/take/pass/fail your baccalaureate see also International Baccalaureate™
  2. 2(in the US) a religious service or talk for students who have completed high school or college
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the sense of a university bachelor's degree): from French baccalauréat or medieval Latin baccalaureatus, from baccalaureus ‘bachelor’. The earlier form baccalarius was altered by wordplay to conform with bacca lauri ‘laurel berry’, because of the laurels awarded to scholars. Sense (1) dates from 1970.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: baccalaureate

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