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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. 2018.
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  • I am overjoyed that you are to take the postgraduate course.

  • "Thank you," returned the postgraduate, with the true Blount smile.

  • The man who can do this may be said to have passed his postgraduate examination as a first-class coachman.

    Riding and Driving Edward L. Anderson
  • After this he seemed to have spent some time at postgraduate work in Vienna, especially in mathematics under Johann von Gmnden.

    The Century of Columbus James J. Walsh
  • Every Wellington girl who comes back for the postgraduate 180 course gives me a compliment better than a gift of jewels.

British Dictionary definitions for postgraduate


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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