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licentiate

[lahy-sen-shee-it, -eyt]
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noun
  1. a person who has received a license, as from a university, to practice an art or profession.
  2. the holder of a university degree intermediate between that of bachelor and that of doctor, now confined chiefly to certain continental European universities.
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Origin of licentiate

1350–1400; < Medieval Latin licentiātus, noun use of past participle of licentiāre to authorize. See license, -ate1
Related formsli·cen·ti·ate·ship, nounli·cen·ti·a·tion, nounnon·li·cen·ti·ate, nounpost·li·cen·ti·ate, adjective
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Examples from the Web for licentiate

Historical Examples

  • The licentiate Alvares de Caravajal was alcalde mayor from 1554 to 1558.

    The Maya Chronicles

    Various

  • In the course of the year the licentiate Don Juan Roxer arrived.

  • They disrobed the licentiate, who remained where he was; and there is an end of the story.

    Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote

    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

  • He also passed through all the degrees of licentiate, master, and doctor of arts.

  • A person of the same name was a Licentiate at St. Andrews in 1501.


British Dictionary definitions for licentiate

licentiate

noun
  1. a person who has received a formal attestation of professional competence to practise a certain profession or teach a certain skill or subject
  2. a degree between that of bachelor and doctor awarded now only by certain chiefly European universities
  3. a person who holds this degree
  4. mainly Presbyterian Church a person holding a licence to preach
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Derived Formslicentiateship, nounlicentiation, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Medieval Latin licentiātus, from licentiāre to permit
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