- a document serving as evidence or as written testimony, as of status, qualifications, privileges, or the truth of something.
- a document attesting to the fact that a person has completed an educational course, issued either by an institution not authorized to grant diplomas, or to a student not qualifying for a diploma.
- Law. a statement, written and signed, which is by law made evidence of the truth of the facts stated, for all or for certain purposes.
- to furnish with or authorize by a certificate.
- to issue an official certificate attesting to the training, aptitude, and qualification of: to certificate a teacher.
Origin of certificate
Examples from the Web for certificate
They examined every “poll list, tally sheet, certificate of result, and, where necessary, each ballot.”Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era
November 15, 2014
It also inspired me to work with our state legislature to pass a bill so our children received a Certificate of Stillbirth.Daily Beast Readers React to YouTube Stillborn Baby Memorials
November 12, 2013
One renowned fashion university has even developed a certificate program to help the pet fashion industry grow.Meet Maki Yamada, Guinea-Pig Fashion Designer
Misty White Sidell
May 13, 2013
A week after getting my certificate, I called Reig's with some follow-up questions.
By the time the shooting was done, my certificate was already printed.
This gentleman gave me a certificate, and, as I left him, handed me a dollar.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
And my search for this certificate must be managed with the greatest address.Night and Morning, Complete
But at the same time he flatly declined to give a certificate.
You can still give me a certificate, first arranging the wording of it.
See, see, Richard, here your mother has copied the hospital's certificate.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
- an official document attesting the truth of the facts stated, as of birth, marital status, death, health, completion of an academic course, ability to practise a profession, etc
- short for share certificate
- (tr) to authorize by or present with an official document
Word Origin and History for certificate
early 15c., "action of certifying," from French certificat, from Medieval Latin certificatum "thing certified," noun use of neuter past participle of certificare (see certify). Of documents, from mid-15c., especially a document which attests to someone's authorization to practice or do something (1540s).