[ graj-oo-ey-shuh n ]
/ ˌgrædʒ uˈeɪ ʃən /


an act of graduating; the state of being graduated.
the ceremony of conferring degrees or diplomas, as at a college or school.
arrangement in degrees, levels, or ranks.

Nearby words

  1. graduate nurse,
  2. graduate school,
  3. graduated,
  4. graduated cylinder,
  5. graduated tenotomy,
  6. gradus,
  7. gradus ad parnassum,
  8. grady,
  9. graeae,
  10. graecia magna

Origin of graduation

1375–1425; late Middle English graduacion < Medieval Latin graduātiōn- (stem of graduātiō). See graduate, -ion

Related formsnon·grad·u·a·tion, nounpost·grad·u·a·tion, adjectivepre·grad·u·a·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for graduation

British Dictionary definitions for graduation


/ (ˌɡrædjʊˈeɪʃən) /


the act of graduating or the state of being graduated
the ceremony at which school or college degrees and diplomas are conferred
a mark or division or all the marks or divisions that indicate measure on an instrument or vessel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for graduation



early 15c., in alchemy, "tempering, refining of something to a certain degree; measurement according to the four degrees of a quality," from graduate (n.). General sense of "dividing into degrees" is from 1590s; meaning "action of receiving or giving an academic degree" is from early 15c.; in reference to the ceremony where a degree is given, from 1818.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper