[ verb muh-trik-yuh-leyt; noun muh-trik-yuh-lit ]
See synonyms for: matriculatematriculation on

verb (used with object),ma·tric·u·lat·ed, ma·tric·u·lat·ing.
  1. to enroll in a college or university as a candidate for a degree.

  2. to register (a coat of arms), used especially in Scottish heraldry.

verb (used without object),ma·tric·u·lat·ed, ma·tric·u·lat·ing.
  1. to be matriculated.

  1. a person who has been matriculated.

Origin of matriculate

1480–90 for earlier sense; <Medieval Latin mātrīculātus (person) listed (for some specific duty), equivalent to mātrīcul(a) list (see matriculant) + -ātus-ate1

Other words from matriculate

  • ma·tric·u·la·tion, noun
  • ma·tric·u·la·tor, noun
  • re·ma·tric·u·late, verb, re·ma·tric·u·lat·ed, re·ma·tric·u·lat·ing.
  • un·ma·tric·u·lat·ed, adjective

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

How to use matriculate in a sentence

  • We were admitted to matriculate and study medicine, under certain conditions, to which I beg your attention.

    The Woman-Hater | Charles Reade

British Dictionary definitions for matriculate


  1. to enrol or be enrolled in an institution, esp a college or university

  2. (intr) to attain the academic standard required for a course at such an institution

  1. Also called: matriculant a person who has matriculated

Origin of matriculate

C16: from Medieval Latin mātrīculāre to register, from mātrīcula, diminutive of matrix list, matrix

Derived forms of matriculate

  • matriculator, noun

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