[ ee-groh-tat, ee-groh-tat ]
/ ˈi groʊˌtæt, iˈgroʊ tæt /

noun British.

an unclassified degree granted a university student who has fulfilled all requirements for graduation but was prevented by illness from attending the final examinations.

Nearby words

  1. aegirite,
  2. aegis,
  3. aegisthus,
  4. aegium,
  5. aegospotami,
  6. aegyptopithecus,
  7. aegyptus,
  8. aelurophile,
  9. aelurophilia,
  10. aelurophobe

Origin of aegrotat

1860–65; < Latin aegrōtat literally, he is sick (present 3rd singular of aegrōtāre), equivalent to aegrōt(us) sick (aeg(e)r sick + -ōtus adj. suffix) + -at 3rd singular ending Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for aegrotat


/ (ˈaɪɡrəʊˌtæt, ˈiː-, iːˈɡrəʊtæt) /


(in British and certain other universities, and, sometimes, schools) a certificate allowing a candidate to pass an examination although he has missed all or part of it through illness
a degree or other qualification obtained in such circumstances

Word Origin for aegrotat

C19: Latin, literally: he is ill

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Word Origin and History for aegrotat



certificate that a student is ill, Latin, literally "he is sick," third person singular of aegrotare "to be sick," from aeger "sick."

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