[kuh n-fur-uh l]


the act of conferring or bestowing; conferment: the conferral of an honorary doctorate on the president.

Nearby words

  1. conference call,
  2. conference on security and cooperation in europe,
  3. conference pear,
  4. conferencing,
  5. conferential,
  6. conferree,
  7. conferva,
  8. confess,
  9. confessant,
  10. confessed

Origin of conferral

First recorded in 1875–80; confer + -al2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for conferral



1880, from confer + -al (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper