Definition of dissertation in US English:

dissertation

noun

  • A long essay on a particular subject, especially one written as a requirement for the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

    ‘Joe wrote his doctoral dissertation on Thucydides’
    figurative ‘she went on then into a dissertation on her family's love of Ireland’
    • ‘It is taught in American literature courses and has been incorporated into master's theses and doctoral dissertations.’
    • ‘His university dissertation was on the role of Jews in the black civil rights movements in the US.’
    • ‘I don't have all the answers, but these are questions I ask every day as I write my dissertation.’
    • ‘She is prolific, with dozens of titles to her credit and several doctoral dissertations and academic titles written on her work.’
    • ‘Why not study the literature on terrorism and write a dissertation on its implications for organizations?’
    • ‘It may be that you have to write a dissertation of around 10,000 to 15,000 words for your degree.’
    • ‘Not only had she lured him into writing her dissertation, now she was punishing him for doing it.’
    • ‘By the early 1980s, open classrooms had already become a footnote in doctoral dissertations.’
    • ‘I am writing about how World War Two affected the lives of women in Britain for my university dissertation.’
    • ‘As the time to write a dissertation approached, Fisher had still not chosen his life work.’
    • ‘She has to write a dissertation on patients' rights for her course in medical law and ethics, at King's College London.’
    • ‘However, when it was time for him to write his dissertation, he could not go far from his own culture.’
    • ‘In the first chapter, Hadley introduces the topic and provides a masterly and useful survey of books and doctoral dissertations on the subject over the last fifty years.’
    • ‘I did most of my dissertation away from the university, for which I am grateful.’
    • ‘Then she went to Harvard because it would allow her to write her dissertation as a black lesbian.’
    • ‘He makes his living writing term papers and dissertations before he gets recruited by a spy agency and sent all over the world by them.’
    • ‘It would also be helpful for doctoral and master's degree candidates who want to study how other successful dissertations and theses have been presented.’
    • ‘In many ways Nash was simply doing, admittedly at a very high level, what we were supposed to be doing when we wrote our dissertations.’
    • ‘She continues to teach at the site and is considering writing her dissertation on this topic.’
    • ‘At the end there are 11 items for discussion, much as one finds in university dissertations.’
    essay, thesis, treatise, paper, study, composition, discourse, disquisition, tract, monograph
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Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘discussion, debate’): from Latin dissertatio(n-), from dissertare ‘continue to discuss’, from disserere ‘examine, discuss’.

Pronunciation

dissertation

/ˌdɪsərˈteɪʃ(ə)n//ˌdisərˈtāSH(ə)n/