[ dok-ter-it ]
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  1. any of several academic degrees of the highest rank, as the Ph.D. or Ed.D., awarded by universities and some colleges for completing advanced work in graduate school or a professional school.

  2. an honorary degree conferring the title of doctor upon the recipient, as with the LL.D. degree.

Origin of doctorate

First recorded in 1670–80; from Medieval Latin doctōrātus; see doctor, -ate3
  • Also called doc·tor·al de·gree [dok-tawr-uhl di-gree] /ˈdɒkˌtɔr əl dɪˈgri/ .

Other words from doctorate

  • pre·doc·tor·ate, noun

Words Nearby doctorate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for doctorate


/ (ˈdɒktərɪt, -trɪt) /

  1. the highest academic degree in any field of knowledge: Also called: doctor's degree

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