Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See bachelor's degree.
  • n. A farewell address in the form of a sermon delivered to a graduating class.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The first or lowest academical degree conferred by universities and colleges; a bachelor degree.
  • n. A high school completion exam and qualification awarded in many countries (e.g. Finland, France, Moldova, Romania), designed to enable students to go on to higher education.
  • n. A farewell address in the form of a sermon delivered to a graduating class.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The degree of bachelor of arts (B.A. or A.B.), the first or lowest academical degree conferred by universities and colleges.
  • n. A baccalaureate sermon.
  • adj. Pertaining to a bachelor of arts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The university degree of bachelor.
  • n. A baccalaureate sermon (which see, below).
  • Pertaining to the university degree of bachelor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a farewell sermon to a graduating class at their commencement ceremonies
  • n. an academic degree conferred on someone who has successfully completed undergraduate studies

Etymologies

Medieval Latin baccalaureātus (influenced by bacca, berry, and laureātus, crowned with laurel), from baccalārius, bachelor; see bachelor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French baccalauréat, from Medieval 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. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This international baccalaureate is tightly controlled by Geneva.

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  • At the American Prospect blog, Dana Goldstein writes that "French teenagers are smarter than all of us" because certain French baccalaureate exams, taken by those who desire to attend college, include pretentious questions requiring the young respondents to feign familiarity with the work of various philosophes.

    Reason Magazine

  • In the future what we now call the baccalaureate will not exist.

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  • And she gave short shrift to claims from delegates that the name ebacc - which is short for English baccalaureate - was confusing because a baccalaureate was the equivalent of A-levels in other European countries.

    The Guardian World News

  • He wants to introduce a kind of baccalaureate qualification for 16-year-old GCSE pupils who have completed a broad course of studies.

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  • These low performers include zero-coupon bonds (you buy zeros at a fraction of their face value and watch their worth increase every year); "baccalaureate" bonds (tax-free zeros sold by many states); even Series EE savings bonds.

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  • Most of them arrive at age 16 or 17 and the college offers them an international curriculum, the international baccalaureate which is a program based in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Pearson College

  • In a speech on Monday, Mr Gove outlined plans to create a "baccalaureate" award for pupils gaining A*-C passes in maths, English, a language, a science and a humanities subject.

    BBC News - Home

  • The educational term originates from the [[Latin]] '' bacca laurus '', "decorated", whence more directly derives our adjective form '' baccalaureate ''.

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  • "baccalaureate" level, which is roughly equivalent to high school.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

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