One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The holder of a certificate of competence to practice a certain profession.
- ‘She is MTNA nationally certified in piano and music theory and earned the licentiate in piano teaching from The Royal Schools of Music.’
- 1.1 (in certain universities, especially in Europe) a degree between that of bachelor and master or doctor.
- ‘He was compelled to study philosophy and theology by his parents, which he greatly resented, and he graduated from the University of Basel with a master's degree in philosophy in 1671 and a licentiate in theology in 1676.’
- ‘In 1984 he moved to Canada, where he did a masters in divinity and licentiate in moral theology at the University of Toronto.’
- ‘After getting her licentiate degree in literature, she studied theology at Northern Baptist Seminary in Chicago.’
- ‘He was educated in Paris at the École Normale Supérieure and he received his licentiate with a thesis.’
- ‘Eventually, I graduated from the Conservatory in Havana; I won a Canada Council Grant to go to school at the University of Toronto, where I graduated with artist and licentiate diplomas.’
- 1.2 The holder of a licentiate degree.
- ‘He is an accomplished pianist and a licentiate of the Royal School of Music.’
- ‘In addition, there is a cadre of medical professionals called medical licentiates who are basically clinical officers who have taken further training so that they can help doctors though the training does not turn them into doctors.’
Late 15th century: from medieval Latin, noun use of licentiatus ‘having freedom’, based on licentia ‘freedom’.
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