baccalaureat

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French baccalauréat or its source, 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.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bækəˈlɔːɹɪət/, /bækəˈlɔːɹiæ/

Noun[edit]

baccalaureat ‎(plural baccalaureats)

  1. A bachelor's degree at university.
  2. An examination and qualification awarded in many countries, designed to enable people to go on to higher education; the International Baccalaureat.