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[pohst-graj-oo-it, -eyt] /poʊstˈgrædʒ u ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or consisting of post-graduates:
a postgraduate seminar.
a student who is taking advanced work after graduation, as from a high school or college.
Origin of postgraduate
First recorded in 1855-60; post- + graduate Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • That we had run the whole gamut of apartment life and the Apollo had been the post-graduate course.

    The Van Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
  • They may enter the post-graduate department of Yale and receive its degrees.

  • "Yes; you may ask whatever you please—I am taking a post-graduate course in business on my own time," said John.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • The post-graduate course commences April 2d, and ends May 25th.

    Work for Women George J. Manson
  • The freedom of the den, the change from rote lessons to post-graduate work was pleasant.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • A girl taking some post-graduate work at the college is coming down.

    God's Green Country Ethel M. Chapman
  • When post-graduate and Law students were coming out, he felt convinced, that no one would attend the convocation.

    India for Indians C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
  • In a post-graduate year she won a much coveted prize in modeling.

    Women of Achievement Benjamin Brawley
British Dictionary definitions for post-graduate


a student who has obtained a degree from a university, etc, and is pursuing studies for a more advanced qualification
(modifier) of or relating to such a student or to his studies
Also (US and Canadian) graduate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for post-graduate

also postgraduate, 1858, originally American English, from post- + graduate (adj.). As a noun, attested from 1890. Abbreviation post-grad is recorded from 1950.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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