Definition of baccalaureate in English:



  • 1A college bachelor's degree.

    • ‘Many colleges, including my current institution, require an intensive service project for completion of the baccalaureate degree.’
    • ‘Students would take the first two years of an undergraduate degree at the two-year college and transfer to a four-year institution to complete the baccalaureate.’
    • ‘Many students who begin their journey toward the baccalaureate at a community college must weave their way through a tangled web to make the transition to a four-year institution.’
    • ‘Students graduating from baccalaureate programs are rarely expected to be seasoned experts in the competencies of their chosen field.’
    • ‘His baccalaureate and doctoral degrees are from the University of Pennsylvania.’
    • ‘Thus, a state's master plan for public higher education typically supports two-year colleges as the initial step in may students' pathways to the baccalaureate.’
    • ‘He attended school in his home town and obtained his baccalaureate in 1881 at the age of seventeen.’
    • ‘During a lifetime, the gap in earnings potential between a high school diploma and a baccalaureate degree is more than $1 million.’
    • ‘I have 28 years of experience in nursing education at the diploma, associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels.’
    • ‘Yet recent studies addressing baccalaureate attainment among students at two-year and four-year institutions have consistently found a substantial difference between the two groups of students.’
    • ‘Recently, St. George's University began offering baccalaureate degree programs at its school of arts and sciences.’
    • ‘The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports that of students enrolled in baccalaureate nursing programs in 2002, 9.6% were men.’
    • ‘My name is Joyce and I am a registered nurse with a baccalaureate in the science of nursing.’
    • ‘As the national and state economies move from the industrial to the information age, the need for individuals with baccalaureates is increasing.’
    • ‘Respondents were predominately women, were educated at the baccalaureate level, and had a mean of 9.24 years of nursing experience.’
    • ‘Most respondents had a baccalaureate degree or higher.’
    • ‘Sailors with a baccalaureate degree or higher are eligible to begin the teaching certification process to become an academic subject teacher.’
    • ‘The university could be offering a four-year baccalaureate degree program in midwifery through the faculty of nursing as early as September.’
    • ‘While in Lyon he continued his education, receiving his baccalaureate in philosophy in June 1941.’
    • ‘The consortium discovered that less than 50 percent of students followed a traditional path to the baccalaureate degree.’
  • 2British An examination intended to qualify successful candidates for higher education.

    • ‘Brigitte travelled to Paris for his final year of schooling, living here with his aunt, but did not sit the baccalaureate.’
    • ‘To earn a high school diploma, students must take an exam called a baccalaureate.’
    • ‘Pupils taking a science baccalaureate would be obliged to study a foreign language and those studying the arts version would have to include basic maths and science.’
    • ‘His assiduous devotion to watersports is evidently not matched by an equal hunger for knowledge - he failed his baccalaureate last year.’
    • ‘The Harrogate and Knaresborough MP said the new baccalaureate should allow higher rewards for pupils taking subjects like maths.’
    • ‘Marie-Louise took the baccalaureate in elementary mathematics and at this stage encountered a particularly good piece of luck.’
  • 3US A religious service held at some educational institutions before commencement, containing a farewell sermon to the graduating class.

    • ‘But when I got there on a recent Sunday morning, I learned that it wasn't so much a graduation as a baccalaureate, which is some sort of religious ceremony.’


Mid 17th century (in baccalaureate (sense 2 of the noun)): 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. baccalaureate (sense 1 of the noun) dates from 1970.