from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a royal court; courtly
  • n. A ceremony at some European universities to confer a doctor of divinity degree

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to a royal court.
  • n. The ceremony observed in conferring the degree of doctor of divinity in some European universities. It begins by a harangue of the chancellor addressed to the young doctor, who then receives the cap, and presides at the disputation (also called the aulic).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to a royal court.
  • [⟨ aula, 2.] In anatomy, of or pertaining to the aula. Wilder.
  • n. Formerly, in the University of Paris, the ceremony of conferring the degree of doctor in theology, including a harangue by the chancellor and a disputation upon a thesis written and defended by the candidate: so called because it was held in the great hall of the archbishopric.


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