[ lahy-sen-shee-it, -eyt ]
/ laɪˈsɛn ʃi ɪt, -ˌeɪt /


a person who has received a license, as from a university, to practice an art or profession.
the holder of a university degree intermediate between that of bachelor and that of doctor, now confined chiefly to certain continental European universities.

Nearby words

  1. licensed aircraft engineer,
  2. licensed practical nurse,
  3. licensed vocational nurse,
  4. licensee,
  5. licensure,
  6. licentious,
  7. licentiously,
  8. licet,
  9. lich,
  10. lich gate

Origin of licentiate

1350–1400; < Medieval Latin licentiātus, noun use of past participle of licentiāre to authorize. See license, -ate1

Related formsli·cen·ti·ate·ship, nounli·cen·ti·a·tion, nounnon·li·cen·ti·ate, nounpost·li·cen·ti·ate, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for licentiate


/ (laɪˈsɛnʃɪɪt) /


a person who has received a formal attestation of professional competence to practise a certain profession or teach a certain skill or subject
a degree between that of bachelor and doctor awarded now only by certain chiefly European universities
a person who holds this degree
mainly Presbyterian Church a person holding a licence to preach
Derived Formslicentiateship, nounlicentiation, noun

Word Origin for licentiate

C15: from Medieval Latin licentiātus, from licentiāre to permit

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