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Pronunciation:  `baku'loreeit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an academic degree conferred on someone who has successfully completed undergraduate studies
  2. [n]  a farewell sermon to a graduating class at their commencement ceremonies

BACCALAUREATE is a 13 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bachelor's degree
 See Also: AB, ABLS, academic degree, Artium Baccalaurens, BA, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Library Science, Bachelor of Arts in Nursing, Bachelor of Divinity, Bachelor of Literature, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Naval Science, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Bachelor of Theology, BAN, BD, BLitt, BMus, BNS, BS, BSArch, commencement, commencement ceremony, commencement exercise, degree, discourse, graduation, graduation exercise, MB, preaching, SB, sermon, ThB



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 bachelor of arts. (B.A. or A.B.), the first
       or lowest academical degree conferred by universities and
    2. A baccalaureate sermon. [U.S.]
  2. \Bac`ca*lau"re*ate\, a.
    Pertaining to a bachelor of arts.
    {Baccalaureate sermon}, in some American colleges, a sermon
       delivered as a farewell discourse to a graduating class.