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  1. Doctor of Philosophy(def 1).
  2. doctor's degree(defs 1, 2).
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Origin of doctorate

First recorded in 1670–80, doctorate is from the Medieval Latin word doctorātus degree of doctor. See doctor, -ate3
Related formspre·doc·tor·ate, noun
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PhD, doctorate, doctor

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  1. the highest academic degree in any field of knowledgeAlso called: doctor's degree
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Word Origin and History for doctorate


"degree of a doctor," 1670s; see doctor (n.) + -ate (1).

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