- to enroll in a college or university as a candidate for a degree.
- to register (a coat of arms), used especially in Scottish heraldry.
- to be matriculated.
- a person who has been matriculated.
Origin of matriculate
Examples from the Web for matriculate
Subsequently, I learnt that this was the third year he had vainly attempted to matriculate.Youth
He has to matriculate this year, it's frightfully difficult.A Young Girl's Diary
An Anonymous Young Girl
You have made up your mind immediately you matriculate at her Universities.The London Pulpit
J. Ewing Ritchie
I had presently to arrange a holiday and go to London to matriculate, and so it was I came upon my aunt and uncle again.Tono Bungay
H. G. Wells
He leaves home provided with his ordinary apparel, which he is compelled to abandon, on becoming a matriculate.
- to enrol or be enrolled in an institution, esp a college or university
- (intr) to attain the academic standard required for a course at such an institution
- Also called: matriculant a person who has matriculated
Word Origin and History for matriculate
1570s, "to admit a student to a college by enrolling his name on the register," from Late Latin matriculatus, past participle of matriculare "to register," from Latin matricula "public register," diminutive of matrix (genitive matricis) "list, roll," also "sources, womb" (see matrix).
The connection of senses in the Latin word seems to be via confusion of Greek metra "womb" (from meter "mother;" see mother (n.1)) and an identical but different Greek word metra meaning "register, lot" (see meter (n.2)). Evidently Latin matrix was used to translate both, though it originally shared meaning with only one. Related: Matriculated; matriculating.